On February 24, Women's League will sponsor their annual Shabbat and welcome a rabbinical student from the Jewish Theological Seminary as a special speaker. This year, that student is Margaret Cella.
Margaret is a fourth year, second-career rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary who decided to finally pursue the rabbinate after retiring from a 30-year career as a high school math teacher. As a commuter student, she travels roughly 5 hours round trip daily from her home in Port Jefferson on Long Island, which she shares with her husband and their dog. Her children and grandchildren all live close by.
Her background story is also unusual, in that she converted to Judaism over 30 years ago as an adult; the interesting part is that Margaret and her husband converted to Judaism together, along with their children, who were ages four and one at the time. She has done a lot of public speaking that involves telling the story of their conversion; most people find it to be very inspiring.
Margaret has also been actively involved in the life of her synagogue, North Shore Jewish Center in Port Jefferson Station, NY. She has served as Sisterhood President, Synagogue President, and Ritual Chair. This year Margaret is serving as the Rabbinical Intern of the congregation. She also served several years on the board of the Metny Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
Her particular area of interest is teaching, mainly to teenagers and adults. She enjoys being able to share her love of Judaism, and to inspire others to increase their knowledge of and love for the observance of the mitzvot.
We are very excited to welcome Margaret to Adath on February 24, and hope you will join us for Shabbat services for what we hope will be a very engaging and inspiring learning experience.
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