Rabbi Nina H. Mandel has been with Congregation Beth El since the summer of 2002. She began as a part-time student rabbi and was hired full time after her ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA in 2003. She also holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from New York University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to her full-time duties as rabbi for Beth El, Rabbi Nina is a lecturer at Susquehanna University teaching classes in Jewish philosophy and culture, Women’s Studies, Diversity Studies, and Jewish film. She also co-leads an interfaith engagement class for SU students for two weeks in Jerusalem. Rabbi Nina teaches periodically at Bucknell University and has been a guest lecturer at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
She was elected as president of the RRA (Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association) in March 2015.