Meet Jewish Gateways Participant Kimberly Greenberg
Kimberly Greenberg grew up in a multi-faith home in New York; her dad is of Eastern European descent and her mom emigrated to the US from France. Being the primary caregiver for her father has been an important part of her life for the last 15 years. She grew up culturally Jewish, but without a formal Jewish education.
My father always wears a Jewish star and Judaism was almost mythical in our family because it was both mysterious and revered. Growing up I didn’t know if I was "Jewish" because my family celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas, and I wanted to discover my own spiritual path. I came back to Judaism in college after going on a Birthright Israel trip and I decided to have a bat mitzvah in my early 20s.
When Kimberly moved to the Bay Area in 2015, she was looking for High Holiday services. She went to one service but did not connect with it.
On my way home, I heard beautiful, ethereal singing and inquired about it. A stranger told me it was Jewish Gateways, and I returned the next day to join this welcoming community. The beautiful voice was Angela Gold singing with Rabbi Wynne and the whole community. I will never forget Angela’s glowing presence and voice, which brought a great sense of calm, joy, and belonging. After that fated first evening I had found a home in the Jewish Gateways community.
Rabbi Wynne has been a mentor and guide for Kimberly through turbulent and joyful times. “I am grateful for her brave spirit and her incredible heart. She creates an inclusive community that allows me to show up authentically and wholly, just as I am.” A long conversation with Rabbi Wynne -– and High Holiday services in 2017 –- gave Kimberly the courage to embark on a year of spiritual travel in 2018.
[It] turned out to be one of the most impactful and meaningful years of my life. It was a leap of faith that shaped me into the person I am today, including bringing me to my work with At The Well and back to Jewish Gateways in a new way!
Kimberly's background is in international development and start-up management. She currently serves as the Chief of Staff for At The Well, an organization bringing transformative wellness practices to women, rooted in the ancient Jewish ritual of Rosh Chodesh, a time for women to gather under the new moon to share their lives.
Today Judaism is a rich and growing part of my life –- both in practical and spiritual terms. Working in the Jewish world, and being a part of the Jewish Gateways community, has brought me immense joy and a deeper spiritual connection to Judaism. I look forward to learning and sharing more with the Jewish Gateways community.
Kimberly plans to remain a community member at Jewish Gateways, which is currently partnering with At The Well to form two Rosh Chodesh circles. We are excited to collaborate on this new program!