Student Rabbi Rocki Schy brings love of history, teaching and Torah to UHC term

By Student Rabbi Rocki Schy

My name is Rocki Schy, and I am thrilled to be your student rabbi for the coming year!

I had a varied Jewish upbringing. I attended a day school when I was young, and became B’nai Mitzvah in the Conservative movement. I spent some time in Modern Orthodox and Conservative synagogues as I was growing up. I was drawn to the vibrancy and progressiveness of the Reform movement as an adult.

I attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where I studied history and education. During that course of study, I taught students of many different ages.

I was a student teacher at a middle school in Philadelphia, where I taught civics with a focus on primary document analysis.

A fascination with folk music

As a history major, my specialty was American history, specifically the folk music revival.

During college, I also taught religious school at Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pa. I taught third grade and high school students. I also ran a Rosh Chodesh group for teen girls. We focused on ritual and observance, as well as community building.

My three great academic passions are history, Judaism and education. My rabbinical school attendance enables me to pursue each of these interests.

After I received my bachelor’s degree, I worked for a year at a historical educational nonprofit in Valley Forge, Pa. While in this position, I programmed educational experiences for students and teachers.

My three great academic passions are history, Judaism and education. My rabbinical school attendance enables me to pursue each of these interests. Every day that I study Torah and Jewish thought is a joy.

Cemeteries reveal past generations, Parsha and Play the next

At Hebrew Union College, I’ve explored many aspects of Jewish life. In the summer of 2021, I was a research fellow at Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. In this position, I researched notable Jewish people buried in the city.

Additionally, I was an educational fellow at Rockwern Academy, where I designed a tefillah program for grades 4-6, and taught a Parsha and Play class for grades 2-3.

I look forward to experiencing Shabbatot and holidays with you. I love to talk Torah, and anticipate a great deal of studying and learning over the coming year!

Please don’t hesitate to bring any questions or ideas to me. I’ll be happy to talk with you.

Student Rabbi Rocki Schy will serve UHC Terre Haute during the 2022-23 academic year.

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