On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Catherine Fischer, the creator of Sacred Practice: Reimagining Synagogue Engagement, discusses her work for the past two decades to strengthen relationships between people and organizations and their connection to Judaism.
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About the Guest
Catherine S. Fischer
Catherine S. Fischer is the creator of Sacred Practice: Reimagining Synagogue Engagement.
Catherine has worked for the past two decades to strengthen relationships between people and organizations and their connection to Judaism.
In founding Sacred Practice, she aspires to bring the transformational power of Judaism into all aspects of Jewish communal work, from the seemingly most mundane task to the most extraordinary, finding the sacred and lifting it up so that Jewish organizations radiate purpose and thus thrive.
She began her Jewish professional career in 2001 as the Pennsylvania Regional Director of Outreach and Synagogue Community for the Union for Reform Judaism. In 2004, through Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Catherine became the Coordinator for the Center City Kehillah (community), working cross-denominationally to strengthen Jewish life in Philadelphia. She was the Director of Membership, Programming, and Philanthropy at Congregation Rodeph Shalom from 2008 to 2020.
Catherine continues to learn from and be inspired by opportunities offered through The Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She serves on the Board of Trustees at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and is an active member of her synagogues, Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia and Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill.
Catherine graduated from Bard College (with honors) and received her MEd from Lesley University and Shady Hill School. Before she became a Jewish professional, Catherine spent two decades as an elementary, middle school, and college educator.
Catherine lives in Cherry Hill with my husband, Richard. She has two adult children, Sarah and David, a daughter-in-law, Rachel, and grandson, Oliver.