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Rabbi Koppel

Rabbi Elisa Koppel is the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, DE where she partners with lay leadership to direct the Religious School, coordinate Adult Education, and—with the youth advisors—increase opportunities in informal education, in addition to other rabbinic responsibilities.

Prior to her position at Beth Emeth, she gained a variety of rabbinic experience, including both pulpit work and several years in the world of informal and experiential education. Rabbi Koppel's passion is education, seeing her role as a rabbi, and as a teacher, to help others of all ages to experience Judaism and to give them the tools they need to create and define their own Judaism.

Rabbi Koppel grew up in Westfield, NJ, where she was very active from a young age in Jewish life at Temple Emanu-El. Following her graduation from Brandeis University, she worked as a Program Assistant in the URJ Youth Division and as the Assistant Director of the College Education Department before entering Rabbinical School.

Since being ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2001, Rabbi Koppel has served in a number of positions, including as the Assistant Rabbi at The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, NY; Dean of Jewish Life at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC, the nation's first pluralistic, Jewish boarding school; Regional Director of Youth Programs for the Greater New York Council of the Union for Reform Judaism; Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, NJ; and Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, TX. In 2018, Rabbi Koppel earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education, also from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Koppel has also spent many summers at the URJ Kutz Camp, where she has served as Dean of Faculty; Program Director; and Director of Mitzvah Corps at Kutz, a program which offers a Jewish summer camp experience to teens on the Autistic Spectrum. She's also been on Visiting Faculty at Kutz and also at the URJ's Camp Harlam, Six Points Creative Arts Academy, Crane Lake Camp, and Greene Family Camp.

Follow Rabbi Koppel’s blog at and she can be found on twitter as @rabbiisa.

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