Rabbi Annie Tucker grew up in Lexington, MA and graduated summa cum laude 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 & Sydell Citron Scholastic Prize awarded to the outstanding graduating student of the Rabbinical School. She also was granted the Lamport Prize in Homiletics.
From 2006-13, Rabbi Tucker served as Associate Rabbi of The Jewish Center, a Conservative congregation in Princeton, NJ. During that time she was integrally involved in the synagogue’s education and youth community, serving as lead professional on their religious school change initiative for which she earned an Ateret Kavod award for innovation and creating dynamic programming such as an annual confirmation class service program in New Orleans and women’s trips to Israel, Jewish Spain, and Eastern Europe. Additionally, she served as chaplain for the Greenwood House Hospice.
Since becoming Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah’s senior rabbi in 2013, Rabbi Tucker has introduced new opportunities for adult learning like our popular “Scientists in Synagogues” series, developed initiatives to engage children and families such as Ice-cream Office Hours, and continued to work closely with Cantor Roytman to energize worship with offerings like our monthly Shabbat MiBalev musical service. She has deepened our community’s commitment to both Disability and LGBTQ inclusion and created a Young Professionals Group for those in their 20’s and 30’s.
Rabbi Tucker serves as President of the Conservative Movement Community Mikveh and past Vice President of the Chicago RA and member of the Chicago Board of Rabbis Executive Council.
She loves teaching, writing, and working with individuals of all ages is always available for a cup of coffee or a brisk walk. You may contact her at 847.256.1213 x12 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Tucker assumed the pulpit at BHCBE following the retirement of Allan Kensky, who now holds the title of Rabbi Emeritus.