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MY STORY

Click on the photos below for more information about me, my family, and my congregation.

To learn more about my experience and see more examples of my work, please visit my other website: rbearman.wix.com/rbearman.
Midrashic Monologues
Click on the link below to explore Midrashic Monologues, my new collaboration with Rabbi Paul Kipnes!
My Southern Roots
(Pictured: My father, grandfather, grandmother, and uncle)
My family has been in Memphis, TN for 7 generations. My great-great-great-great grandfather was one of the founding members of Temple Israel (the only Reform congregation in Memphis), and in each generation since, members of my family have been leaders in the community.
The Bearman Five
I am extremely lucky to have the love and friendship of my parents and sisters.
My parents are two of my most cherished Jewish role models. I have always been inspired by how much they do as members and leaders of their Jewish community. My sisters are my friends and my teachers. We support one another's individual journeys and share in one another's trials and victories.
My Northern Roots
(Pictured: My grandparents)
My mother's side of the family is centered in Minnesota, and my "northern connection" has always been a big part of my identity. My grandfather was the son of immigrants and my grandmother was a second-generation American. Neither was afraid of hard work, and both valued family above all else.
The Reform Movement
I have a deep love for Reform Judaism, and I am delighted to work for our movement in any way that I can.
As of July 1st 2018, I have begun my term as the Communications & Marketing VP of the Women's Rabbinic Network. Additionally, over the last several years, I have worked with other Reform rabbis as a "Mahzor Mentor" and have served on the editorial committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis' new prayer book, "Mishkan HaNefesh For Youth."
Temple B'nai Chaim
I have been the rabbi of Temple B'nai Chaim (TBC) since June of 2014. TBC is a wonderful community with dedicated lay leaders and a diverse and invested membership. For more information about our congregation, click the link below.
The Ordination Class of 5774
I was ordained by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion on May 3rd 2014. I am a proud alumna of the historic Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR.
While at HUC, I seized opportunities to serve my classmates, school community, and student pulpits. My studies culminated in the completion of my rabbinical thesis: "Building A Home For the Children of Israel: The Jewish Foster Home and Orphan Asylum of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."
Middlebury College
Vermont was a very big adventure for this Southern girl! I loved my time at Middlebury and continue to be grateful for the opportunities the college gave me to expand my mind and hone my leadership skills.
St. Mary's Episcopal School
I am a St. Mary's "lifer" (I attended from JK through 12th grade), and I wear that badge with pride.

As a student at St. Mary's Episcopal School, I made long-lasting friendships with people of different faiths and learned that interfaith dialogue should always begin and end with respect.

Recently, I had the opportunity to express my deep love of my school when I was invited to speak in a chapel service for 5th-12th graders. Please use the link below to read a copy of that speech.
By A First Grader
Sometimes you're lucky enough to know what you love from a very early age. And, for as long as I can remember, I have loved being Jewish.
Vashti Bearman
Vashti is my sassy, lazy, and wonderful corgi. She has a big heart, too many toys, and lots of personality!
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By A First Grader

Sometimes you're lucky enough to know what you love from a very early age. And, for as long as I can remember, I have loved being Jewish.