By Anna Dubey ‘21, Editor-in-Chief
Limudei Qodesh teacher and Learning Lab specialist Rachel Landsberg will not return to Heschel next year. She joined Heschel in 2001 as a fourth-grade teacher and moved to the high school in 2004. After leaving her current position, she will pursue work in environmental activism.
A highlight of her time at Heschel is her collaboration with other teachers in the LQ department and in the Learning Lab, where she specialized in helping students with Limudei Qodesh. She values the relationships she has built with other teachers and with students. “My understanding of Torah has changed because of the learning I’ve done with my students. But I’ve also learned about what it means to be young and fully alive and just living in the world,” Landsberg commented.
Her passion for teaching began at a young age. “I always knew that I wanted to be an educator,” she recalled. In college, she decided to study Jewish education, which merged her interests in teaching and Judaism.
Landsberg has a message for Heschel students: “Continue to be open to new experiences, different opinions, and different types of people,” she emphasized. “It’s really good to open our eyes to the world around us, to not live in a cocoon. There’s a big wide world out there, and we should see it as fully as we can.”
When Landsberg leaves Heschel, she plans to engage in activism work for the climate change movement. She stated, “I felt like this is an opportunity for me to make a difference in an area that is really of the utmost importance in terms of the future of our planet, of our society, of human beings, and of all living things.” Lansberg is especially interested in local “front-line communities,” demographics that are hardest-hit by the effects of climate change. She hopes to help “come up with solutions to re-envision our society and think about how to make the US and our cities places where everyone can live and thrive.”
Rachel has been a faculty facilitator of the Environmental Club for the past year. In that time, I witnessed her dedication, creativity, and passion for environmentalism. I wish her the best of luck in her endeavors after leaving Heschel.