Welcome

Thanks for stopping by! My name is Heather, and this is my website and blog.  You can read about me here, or jump to any of the links above to check out my blog, projects, other places to find my writing, and my contact information. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

About Me
I am the Springboard Fellowship Manager for Hillel International and I have over ten years of experience in Hillel, Jewish life, and in service work. I previously worked as an engagement and program professional for Santa Cruz Hillel and Hillel at Stanford. I am passionate about empowering others to define and create their own Judaism, and the meaningful conversations shared over coffee with students and colleagues were my favorite part of campus work.

I volunteer year-round as the Assistant Director for Milton Marks Neuro-Oncology Family Camp, a camp for families coping with a parent’s brain tumor. I also volunteer as a camp counselor for Camp Erin, a children’s grief camp. These camps are spaces where children and staff are uniquely empowered to face challenges and learn from them, to reflect on who they are and who they want to be, and to make a lasting impact through the relationships they form along the way. You can read about some of what I’ve learned from Milton Marks Family Camp in my HuffPost article on finding meaning in the temporary.

In addition to camps, I volunteer year-round as a grief group facilitator for children coping with significant loss. One of my life’s missions is to chip away at isolation – to ensure that no one has to face loss, long-term illness, life transitions, or any other challenge alone.

I am also a rabbinical student at ALEPH Renewal seminary.  I hold B.A. degrees in Creative Writing and History, as well as an M.A. in History from UC Santa Cruz, and a graduate certificate in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. I have experience officiating weddings (Jewish, secular, and interfaith), baby namings, and memorial services. If you would like to book me to officiate a lifecycle event, please check my “Projects” page for more information.

I am passionate about writing and storytelling, and got my start writing professionally for the Good Times, a local weekly newspaper in Santa Cruz, California, in 2005. These days, you can find my writing on RitualWell and HuffPost in addition to this blog, and I have performed my works on stage and live radio.

I love tie-dye, novels, knitting, coffee, and long walks in beautiful places. I live in Seattle with my husband, Joseph, and labradoodle, Gulliver. Feel free to follow/add me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter