Rabbi Shira Wallach, Director of Family Development and Outreach, is thrilled to be on Congregation Shearith Israel’s rabbinic team and enjoys close relationships with many Dallas families. She received rabbinic ordination and a Master’s degree in sacred music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2013 after earning undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Bible from Barnard College and List College, respectively.
On her journey to the rabbinate, Shira served the Masorti movement in England, working with university students and nascent communities to form inspiring visions of contemporary Judaism. She has held a variety of congregational rabbinic and cantorial internships around the USA and in Israel, served as chaplain at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and taught for two summers at BIMA: the Brandeis Institute for Music and Art. She is a proud product of Camp Ramah Darom and USY and believes passionately in their power to build and strengthen Jewish identity.
With warmth and creativity, Rabbi Wallach has both grown and enriched our community of young families. Through bi-weekly playgroups, retreats, engagement work, and by maintaining a robust social media presence, Rabbi Wallach’s efforts as Director of the Shearith Israel Family Center have brought the magic of Jewish life and Jewish ritual to countless individuals in our congregation and beyond. Her partnership with the Shababa Network has transformed our young family spaces and services into intergenerational playgrounds of wonder, gratitude, music, and joy. Rabbi Wallach is also a gifted teacher and pastor and a regular presence on the pulpit and in our classrooms and her door is always open for those in need of spiritual guidance and support.
Rabbi Wallach is married to Rabbi Adam Roffman and they are proud parents of a daughter, Hannah, and a Goldendoodle named George. She enjoys singing, dancing, the Food Network, and novels by Jasper Fforde and Neil Gaiman.