the path from narrowness to freedom
Smashing the idolatry of fatphobia and leading ourselves from Narrowness to Freedom
1. ending weight stigma in Jewish communal life and training Jewish professionals, lay leaders, and community members to confront fatphobia wherever they encounter it (including in themselves).
2. equipping people who already work in fat activism, Health at Every Size, eating disorders recovery, and related weight neutral and body positive fields to recognize and attend to spiritual and religious needs in themselves and those they serve.
3. propagating a methodology of connecting with sacred text, tradition, and spirituality that fosters body liberation for people of all sizes.
WHO WE ARE
Founding Board Chair
I’m passionate about bringing my three decades of experience in fat activism to writing and teaching and change-making at the nexus of Judaism and body liberation. My forthcoming book is Every Body Beloved: a call for fat liberation in Jewish life.
I received my doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University in 2005, with a dissertation on identity formation in interfaith couples, and I was ordained at Hebrew College in 2010. I'm also a proud "Rocker" (an alumni of Simon's Rock College).
Since becoming a rabbi I have led a 250-family Conservative congregation in Reading, PA, released my fifth album of original music, made aliyah, and run the Year-in-Israel program for Hebrew College rabbinical students.
When I'm not working on Fat Torah, I’m a voice teacher who specializes in helping people use their voices in leading prayer (which, actually, I also see as connected with fat torah, but that's another story). I live in Jerusalem with my husband, Rabbi Alan Abrams, and our two children. Read what I'm writing about Fat Torah in our blog.
Founder and CEO of Greater Good Strategy, Emily brings over 15 years of nonprofit advocacy, fundraising, marketing, and organizing experience to her work helping organizations fulfill their missions. Before launching Greater Good Strategy, she served as a Client Success Manager for Blackbaud (previously Convio), where she empowered nonprofit clients to achieve their online fundraising and advocacy goals. Prior to her move to the private sector, Emily was Director of Student Outreach for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), and the Tzedek Fellow at Hillel’s international offices in Washington, DC.
Emily is a graduate of Selah, the Rockwood Leadership Training Program’s collaboration with Bend the Arc, an active member of the Women’s Information Network, Sixth & I Synagogue, and the Jewish Democratic Council’s NextGen Leadership Council. In 2021, she became a founding member of the Statecraft Collective.
When she’s not Instagramming, Emily can be found behind the camera, documenting the dynamic food culture of Washington, DC in three books which combine mouth-watering images with the recipes themselves.
An activist at heart, Emily’s interest in organizing and online outreach was sparked while she was a student at The George Washington University (GW). She earned a BA in human services at GW and started the university’s chapter of Planned Parenthood. She’s a lifelong supporter and former board member of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington.