Rabbi Simone Schicker serves as the full-time spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Rabbi Schicker was raised in an interfaith household and found herself drawn to Judaism after multiple summers at Camp Young Judaea – Texas.
Rabbi Schicker earned her BA in History with honors at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) in Birmingham, AL.
While in college at BSC she jump-started Jewish Student involvement in religious activities, as well as helped found an Interfaith House where students of different faiths lived together while running programming for other students on the campus.
After her undergraduate studies, Rabbi Schicker worked at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina (the only pluralistic college-prep Jewish boarding school) prior to beginning her studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.
Rabbi Schicker distinguished herself throughout her time at HUC-JIR: as President of the Rabbinic Student Association she had the privilege to represent the rabbinical student body to the Board of Overseers during their annual meeting, and she was elected by her peers to sit on the HUC-JIR admissions committee.
Rabbi Schicker received awards both for her service to the College community as well as for her academic success. She was also instrumental in starting the conversation on campus about Gender Dynamics and was the student leader of the Gender Task Force through which she helped coordinate multiple campus-wide learning opportunities on the topics of microaggressions and gender.
Rabbi Schicker worked with multiple Jewish organizations in Cincinnati during her time at HUC-JIR including the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Rockdale Temple, and Kulanu: The Cincinnati Jewish High School. In addition to this work within the Cincinnati Jewish community, Rabbi Schicker served as a chaplain intern at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati. Rabbi Schicker earned her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2017 and was ordained a rabbi in 2018.
Since moving to Kalamazoo, Rabbi Schicker has become a member of the Board of Directors for Friendship Village, and is active in ISAAC. She especially enjoys opportunities to teach people of all age and backgrounds.
Rabbi Schicker believes the trope that travel broadens the mind and every place she has had the opportunity to visit has helped her see another point of view. Whether it was Oxford, England for a summer study abroad, Lithuania with HUC-JIR classmates, South Africa where her roots are or any of the other places, travel has helped shape Rabbi Schicker into the person she is today.
"AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS"
A photographic selection of my travels
Israel. South Africa. Greece. Lithuania. France. Canada. England. USA.