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Rachel Van Thyn

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2013, and currently serves as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, NY. Rabbi Van Thyn served for two years as a Rabbinic Intern at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, where she focused on community organizing and helping the congregation advance its social justice agenda. She has also worked at Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn, NY and Temple Shaarey Tefila in NYC. Rabbi Van Thyn spent two summers doing chaplaincy work at NYU Langone Medical Center, which provided her with experiences that she values deeply. She holds a B.A. in Honours Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal. Prior to entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Van Thyn moved to New York to participate in the Avodah service corps program, and subsequently joined the staff at Avodah. From 2005-2007, she worked for the Union for Reform Judaism, both for the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and their Youth Division. Rabbi Van Thyn spent ten summers at the URJ Kutz Camp, and has a profound love for Jewish summer camp. She loves writing, the arts, and hockey.