Rabbi Amy Ross grew up in Dallas, right here at Temple Emanu-El, and was involved in synagogue life from a young age. As a teenager, she taught in the Temple Emanu-El Religious School and was involved in DAFTY. Rabbi Ross also spent 15 fifteen summers as camper and staff at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas. After moving to Connecticut for college, Rabbi Ross continued her involvement in the Jewish community, teaching in religious schools for 10 years, and serving as the advisor for the West Hartford, Connecticut, chapter of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY).
Rabbi Ross earned a B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and, in 2009, a Master of Education from Xavier University. She was ordained in 2010 at the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2014, Rabbi Ross received her RJE credential, the highest professional standard a Reform Jewish educator can achieve. Rabbi Ross is a board member of the national professional organization ARJE, the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.
Rabbi Ross joined the Temple Emanu-El staff in 2010 as the Director of Youth Learning, guiding and leading the Religious and Hebrew schools. Rabbi Ross is currently the Director of Learning and Innovation and oversees Youth Learning + Engagement, as well as significant involvement in the Early Childhood Education Center. She is married to Justin Ross, also a Dallas native and lifelong Temple member, who works at Kahn Mechanical. Rabbi Ross and Justin have two daughters, Leona and Briana, and a lovable beagle named Honey. They are both thrilled to be home and once again involved in the Temple Emanu-El community.
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