Rebecca Starr is the Midwest Manager at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she oversees all program development, management and partnerships in the Midwest region. She is based in Detroit.
Rebecca is a respected educator and community organizer. She served as an assistant director at Federation’s Alliance for Jewish education at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, where she organized learning opportunities for teachers in congregational and day schools and directed the award-winning Detroit branch of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, where she continues to serve as a Melton faculty member in addition to creating innovative learning opportunities for adult Jewish learners in a variety of settings.
As a lifelong Ramahnik, Rebecca pioneered the role of program director for the Ramah fellows program in Detroit for the National Ramah Commission, and spent many summers working with campers and staff at Camp Ramah in Canada. Raised on a sheep farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Rebecca is a proud product of the University of Michigan where she earned undergraduate degrees in education and Judaic studies as well as a master’s degree in social work and a certificate in Jewish communal service.
Rebecca channeled her love for fitness into certifications as a personal trainer and indoor cycling instructor. She serves on the board of Yad Ezra and is a member of the steering committee of Hazon Detroit. Rebecca is married to Rabbi Aaron Starr, a member of Hartman’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI), and they are the proud parents of two sons.