Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebel is a community rooted in joy, pursuit of justice, and radical kinship. We offer a home for people of all backgrounds seeking Jewish life to land, feel safe, and be welcomed.
We are a spiritual community that celebrates Diaspora Judaism through ritual, learning, song, and prayer.
We are a Baltimore community committed to pursuing justice and to acting in fierce solidarity with our neighbors.
We share and mark life cycle events, celebrating joyous occasions and supporting each other through healing and hard times.
We hold space for diverse practices and navigate them together, reveling in the multitude of voices that comprise us.
We strive to become for one another a mishpacha, one that rejoices in queer and trans identities, welcomes converts, celebrates interfaith families, and honors Jews of color.
We assert that our political and Jewish selves need not be in conflict with one another, and fearlessly declare our intention to live our Jewish values in the public sphere for the benefit our city.
Hinenu: Here we are!
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Rabbi Ariana Katz
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I believe that ritual is transformative. I believe that our brightest moments of joy only make sense in the context of our darkest trials. I know that community is capable of great things, and that we have great capacity to create the World to Come, a just world that we long to see, here in this world. I believe our ancestors have shown us what it means to organize despite the worst odds, and win for ourselves, and with everyone around us.
Rabbi Ariana Katz couldn’t separate joy from Judaism if she tried. Jewishly educated and grown within an 11 mile radius, Ariana was born and raised just north in Philadelphia, PA. She was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College June 2018. Ariana received her B.A. with distinction in Sociology with a minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Boston University.
Rabbi Ariana has served congregations Kol Tzedek and Tikkun Olam Chavurah in Philadelphia. She has worked at T'ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, at college campus Hillel centers, online journals, and as a chaplain at Planned Parenthood. She completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, MA.
Rabbi Ariana created and hosted Kaddish, a podcast about death and identity. Rabbi Ariana has collaborated on dynamic Jewish ritual projects at the intersection of justice and Judaism, like Soul Candles for the Days of Awe kits and workshops, and the Years of Radical Dreaming Jewish calendar.
Rabbi Ariana is the founding rabbi of Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, and is honored to nurture and serve this community from its very earliest dreaming phases to now. She lives in Harwood with her partner, Ever Hanna.