Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel grew up in Oak Park, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. She graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a specialization in Jewish Studies. She received her Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and was ordained from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in June 2009.
Prior to her service at M’kor Shalom, Rabbi Frenkel worked at the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also served congregations in both Petoskey and Saginaw, Michigan, during Seminary. While in Cincinnati, Rabbi Frenkel completed advanced chaplaincy training and was part of the Pastoral Care Team at The Jewish Hospital for several years. Her rabbinic thesis is on the topic of Jewish Pastoral Care Theology and End-of-Life Decision-Making, and Rabbi Frenkel also has four published essays in the book, God: Jewish Choices for Struggling with the Ultimate.
Rabbi Frenkel serves as the Immediate Past President of the Tri-County Board of Rabbis, and is a member of the Institutional Review Board for the Kennedy Health System and a member of the Jewish Hospice Advisory Council for Samaritan Hospice. In her free time, Rabbi Frenkel enjoys playing ice hockey and cheering on her Michigan State Spartans in college football and basketball. Rabbi Frenkel is also an avid reader, writer and cyclist.