Hannah Jensen is a rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, where she is expected to be ordained in 2022. She grew up in many places, but considers South Bend, Indiana home. She graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Cinema and Media Studies and French, before quickly fleeing Minnesota for coastal North Carolina. Once there she spent as much time as possible at the beach, and the rest of the time working in restaurants and restaurant management. She found herself in many other places along the way – working in after-school arts education programs, working as a commercial property manager for a real estate development company, and helping to run a tutoring program for ESL elementary school kids.
This all led her, circuitously, to Los Angeles, where she realized the puzzle she was trying to fit together for her future had been missing the ‘Jewish’ piece. Since discovering this, she has worked with special needs young adults in the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah California, taught Torah at monthly social justice meetings, tutored bar and bat mitzvah students, and worked as a spiritual counseling intern at Beit T’Shuvah (a residential addiction treatment center). Outside of school, she loves walking, crafting the perfect piece of toast, writing, astrology and the moon, dismantling the patriarchy, and reminding herself how lucky she is to live in a place with 285 days of sun per year.