Mikey Hess Webber, Towson
Mikey Hess Webber hails from Baltimore, MD. She is a 2007 graduate of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland where she founded and led the Jewish Student Union on campus and graduated with a BA in Classical Archaeology. She is now in her fourth year of study at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College outside Philadelphia, PA. From 2011-2013, Mikey lived in Israel on Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael. There, she worked in the fish ponds and then as a traveling pizza maker. It is during this time in Israel that she developed a deeply complex and nuanced relationship with the place and the people. Since her time in Israel, as the political climate has grown more polarized, she has become passionate about raising up the humanity and diverse narratives that too often get forgotten in conversations about the conflict. This passion has led to her completion, in 2018, of a Master's Concentration in Israel Education through the iCenter and her completion of the 2018-2019 T'ruah Israel Fellowship. In Baltimore, she was a member of JUFJ’s inaugural Baltimore cohort of Jeremiah Fellows - an opportunity for her to explore how Jewish values and Jewish tradition can support the goals of economic and social justice for all people living in our city. In her years leading up to rabbinical school, Mikey’s career centered primarily around the mentorship of Jewish teens and young adults. She spent five years working with BBYO as a Chapter Advisor and another three as the Youth Director at Oseh Shalom Congregation in Laurel MD - where she developed the congregation's teen leadership program called TeenConnect. In Rabbinical School, Mikey has worked for Whole Community Inclusion at the Jewish Learning Venture - an organization that engages people with cognitive and physical difference and their families, supporting their ability to access a fullness of rich Jewish educational experiences. There she also co-led the Reta Emerson Fellowship - Jewish Learning Venture’s education initiative through which teen madrichim are trained to assist children with disabilities who are experiencing difficulty in congregational classroom settings. Mikey also spends a lot of time in the dirt as an avid gardener. She loves going on walks in the woods and drinking coffee. She also spends a lot of time with her cat, Reuben and her very wonderful husband, Scott.