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Rabbi Jill Avrin

I worked as the Associate Rabbi at Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received my BA from the University of Minnesota in 2004 in Jewish Studies and Anthropology, and was ordained from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 2013.

I worked as the Associate Rabbi at Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received my BA from the University of Minnesota in 2004 in Jewish Studies and Anthropology, and was ordained from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 2013.

I am an amateur (at best) baker and artist.  I bake things that I like to eat, like fresh bread, but also cookies, cakes, and pretty much anything with chocolate and peanut butter.  My all time favorite dessert is the chocolate cake/vanilla frosting cupcake from Magnolia Bakeriy in NYC.  

My training as a baker/artist includes:

  • Watching baking shows with my oldest (our favorite is Bake Squad)
  • Helping my middle child draw logos of college and professional sports teams, pokemon, and maps
  • Jumping on the bread-baking bandwagon at the start of the pandemic (my youngest kiddo is most likely to help me in the kitchen)

I believe that both baking and Judaism have the potential to add meaning to people’s lives during times of joy and times of hardship.  I believe that sacred text is accessible to all people, of all ages, and it is upon us to find ways to add our voices to the wisdom of our tradition through study, discussion, and the practice of relentless questioning.  

I believe that life is hard and insanely beautiful, and that we are all doing the best we can to become better people and face the individual circumstances that make our lives what they are.  I believe that through compassion, kindness, and imagination, we will be able to envision and then start working toward a better world for ourselves, our communities, and future generations.

Through this project, I hope to bring together my love for parshanut (biblical exegesis, interpretation, and meaning making through the eyes of the rabbis) and my connection to baking as an art form.  I strive to carve out space for myself to explore, imagine, and create.

I am honored to share my work with my community and invite you to join me in your commentary, your baking, your eating, and your art in this weekly and sacred endeavor.