Ritual Coordinator/Assistant to Rabbi Silk & Cantor Simmonsshiram@emanuelhouston.org
Shira is thrilled to officially join the staff at Emanu El! She has spent the past four years teaching 6th grade and Israeli dancing at Helfman Religious School and is especially excited for her new position as Ritual Coordinator/Assistant to Rabbi Silk and Cantor Simmons. Shira draws on her Jewish education and professional experience in the Jewish community. After earning her B.A. from Tufts University, including a year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in addition to her M.A. from the George Washington University, she worked for the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. Shira later worked for the Jewish Community Relations Council in Philadelphia and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Shira is an avid Israeli dancer who has traveled to England, Costa Rica, and Israel to dance with world-renowned teachers and choreographers. She is the proud mom of a Becker graduate, Avi, who will attend the University of Pittsburgh this fall.