Alicia Jo Rabins is a composer, performer, writer and Jewish educator. She is the director and founder of “The Complicated Lives of Biblical Women,” a curriculum that reflects the fascinating and complex stories of women in Torah as a foundational part of Jewish tradition, and deepens awareness of their often under-studied stories through a combination of text study, art, music, and participant-generated commentary. She tours internationally performing and teaching with Girls in Trouble, her musical midrash project, with whom she released two critically acclaimed albums of indie-folk songs about women in Torah on JDub Records.
Alicia was the fiddler in Brooklyn’s pioneering klezmer-punk band, Golem; toured Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department; and, as a Six Points Fellow, created an original rock opera, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, which has appeared in four states. Alicia’s poems appear in top literary magazines, and she is a staff writer for Kveller, where she writes a weekly parsha commentary through the eyes of a new mom. A passionate Jewish educator with 15 years’ experience specializing in feminist approaches to Torah and arts-integrated Jewish study, Alicia currently holds a Covenant Signature Grant to create “The Complicated Lives of Biblical Women.”
She holds a master’s in Jewish women’s studies from JTS, a MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and a BA in English (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Barnard. Alicia lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two young children.