Dena has lived most of her adult life in New England, attending college at Yale University and then eventually moving to Newton, MA. With a deep love of Judaism, Dena earned a masters degree in Judaic Studies and Jewish Communal Services at Brandeis University. After college, Dena and her husband lived in Israel for over two years (in Haifa) and then returned a decade later for a sabbatical year in the Tel Aviv area. More recently, Dena spent a semester of rabbinical school living in Jerusalem.
Committed to Jewish pluralism, Dena believes that there are multiple avenues to connect to Judaism and that we all have something unique to offer the Jewish community. Dena is particularly passionate about teaching Bible and other Jewish texts, Jewish history, and contemporary Jewish issues.
Dena enjoys hiking, biking, and reading. She is looking forward to getting to know the bike paths and mountains of New Hampshire better this upcoming year. Dena lives with her husband, Jason. They have four children: Dani, Margalit, Miriam and Ronit.
to view the letter
that was sent to Betenu's members in April 2020 announcing Dena's
selection as Betenu's Rabbinic Intern.
Dena may be reached by contacting the Betenu office: 603-886-1633, or click here to send email.