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Announcing WJC’s New Assistant Rabbi

Dear WJC Family:

We are excited to report that Rabbi Cornelia Dalton accepted our offer to become our new Assistant Rabbi effective August 1.

Rabbi Dalton brings a rich and varied background and perspective to our clergy team and will be a wonderful addition.  Her credentials are below. 

Please join us in welcoming Rabbi Dalton to WJC!  Special thanks to Mia Mandel and Marty Marcus for co-leading the search team so effectively.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz
Seth Schafler, President


About Rabbi Cornelia Dalton

Cornelia, a Westchester native, received a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies and Russian Area Studies from Bryn Mawr College, studied Russian at the Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, and Jewish legal texts, Biblical commentary and Modern Hebrew at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.  She expects to be ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary this May.  She is presently a University Fellow at the Slifka-Nadich Fellowship in Lexington, VA, where she teaches, prays and counsels students and community members at Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute.  She has served as a Chaplain Intern at DOROT, New York, providing spiritual care to homebound elderly and families dealing with illness and decline; a Rabbinic Intern at the Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn, teaching on food justice, women in the Bible, morality and nuclear weapons; Program Coordinator for the Milstein Center for Religious Dialogue at JTS; a Rabbinic Student Seminar Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem; Seminary Fellow of the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, and Network Chair, Faith & Spirituality at the Women’s Information Network (WIN) in Washington, D.C.  At the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, she taught weekly classes to gap year students on women in the Bible and Apocrypha and on Biblical criticism.  At KEEP in Jerusalem, she taught and led group activities for Israeli and Arab children ages 8-12.  She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, where she has worked with girls 6-13 on self-esteem, public speaking and conflict resolution and led wilderness training in upstate New York.  Cornelia says that meditation and mindfulness are a part of her life.

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