Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein

Executive Director, 14th Street Y, Manhattan

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein is the executive director of the 14th Street Y in Manhattan. Prior to the Y, Rabbi Epstein worked to redefine Jewish educational engagement and community as Associate Rabbi and Director of Youth and Family Education at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Rabbi Epstein has served various Reform Congregations, Jewish youth groups and summer camps as an educator, is a certified Storahtelling "Maven," and has studied improvisational comedy and acting in various programs including the Upright Citizens Brigade. She was named one of the Feminist Press’ “40 Under 40” and is an inaugural recipient of the Pomegranate Prize for Jewish Education from the Covenant Foundation. 

Born in the Bronx and raised in New Milford, Connecticut, Rabbi Epstein received her BA from Wesleyan University and has also attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Birzeit University in Ramallah, and is currently studying as a part of the Shalom Hartman Institute Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. Rabbi Epstein received her rabbinic ordination and MA in Religious Education from HUC-JIR. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband Dr. Jason Epstein, their sons Amichai and Kobi, and their dog, Duffy. 


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