With the start of the 2022-23 school year upon us, we are highlighting members of the incoming class of students. Click here to see all of the articles in this series.
Today we’re talking with incoming MJS student Dina Pearlman.
Q1) Where do you live?
I live in Wildwood, Florida. It’s next to The Villages, FL and about midway between Orlando and Tampa.
Q2) How did you first hear of AJRCA?
My friend Leora Kerness (a former member of my temple and fellow choir member) was accepted last year. She told me about the school.
Q3) What was it about AJRCA that drew you to enroll here?
I had been exploring other schools for curriculum and remote accessibility. AJRCA had the best combination of accessibility and rigor of curriculum. I wanted a school that was accredited, had an excellent reputation among the Clergy that I consulted, offered remote learning, and the type of coursework that I was looking for.
Q4) What were you doing prior to enrolling?
I am retired but very active in my Temple. I had been taking Torah classes from my Rabbi and, after the pandemic closed our physical doors, have been taking whatever on-line courses I could find in Torah, Talmud, Women’s studies, and Hebrew.
Q5) As you embark on this experience, what are you most excited about?
I think that what I’m most excited about is the opportunity to find other students – and future friends and collogues – that are as dedicated to learning and discussion as I am. Hopefully they are just as excited as I am about study and (yes, philosophical arguments) and delving into the ideas, history and discourse in the traditional manner of our people.