Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein is a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Executive Director of the Center for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs for the Office of Innovation at Hillel International. Previously, she was Executive Director of the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, Rabbi-Educator at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Associate Director/Reform Zionist Think Tank Manager at ARZA.
Shira has served at various Reform congregations, Jewish youth groups and summer camps as an educator, is a certified Storahtelling “Maven,” and has studied improvisational comedy and acting in various programs including the Upright Citizens Brigade. She was named one of the Feminist Press 40 under 40 and is a recipient of the Pomegranate Prize for Jewish Education from the Covenant Foundation, where she now serves on the board.
Shira received a BA from Wesleyan University, has attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Birzeit University in Ramallah, and received rabbinic ordination and an MA in Religious Education from HUC-JIR.
She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband, Dr. Jason Epstein, their sons, and their dog.