Rabbi Annie Tucker grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Psychology and Jewish Studies. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, she received a master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001, continuing on in the Seminary’s rabbinical program where she was ordained in 2006 with a concentration in pastoral counseling. At graduation, Rabbi Tucker received the Bernard and Sydell Citron Scholastic Prize awarded to the outstanding graduating student of the Rabbinical School. She also received the Lamport Prize in Homiletics.
From 2006-2013, Rabbi Tucker served as Associate Rabbi of The Jewish Center in Princeton, NJ, a Conservative congregation located about a mile from Princeton University. During that time she was integrally involved in the synagogue’s education and youth community, serving as lead professional on their 2010 religious school change initiative for which she earned an Ateret Kavod award for innovation. She was responsible for creating dynamic and content-rich opportunities for learning and community building, including an annual confirmation class service program in New Orleans, LA, a weekly Bible BaBoker adult study group, and women’s trips to Israel, Jewish Spain, and Eastern Europe. She also served as chaplain for the Greenwood House Hospice.
Rabbi Tucker’s sermons and writings have been published in such venues as The American Rabbi, Sacred Journeys, Ramah at 60 and more. She has served on the Rabbinical Assembly Executive Vice President Search Committee and the JTS Rabbinical School Admissions Committee and currently serves on the Rabbinical Assembly’s Women’s Committee.
This is Rabbi Tucker’s first time living in the Midwest and she is looking for recommendations on good tennis courts, great beaches, and other not to be missed Chicagoland attractions. She is thrilled to be starting here at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah and looks forward to bringing her love of passionate Torah study, spirited davening, and soulful connection with people of all ages to the BHCBE community.
Rabbi Tucker can be contacted at 847-256-1213 x12 or via email.
Rabbi Tucker assumed the pulpit at BHCBE following the retirement of Allan Kensky, who now holds the title of Rabbi Emeritus.