Rabbi Toby Manewith, Director of Lifelong Learning
Rabbi Toby Manewith grew up in Chicago and considers herself a city person at heart. As a consequence of her roots, she is a fan of pierogi, deep-dish pizza and the Cubs.
Rabbi Manewith earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and The History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. She studied at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and Cincinnati, earning both a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and rabbinic ordination.
After ordination, Rabbi Manewith began a ten year career with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, working as a campus director at Syracuse and American Universities, and as an educator at the George Washington University and Hillel's International Center. As part of this work, Manewith led nearly twenty service and study tours overseas, to locations such as Germany, Prague, Ukraine and Israel.
Over the past number of years, Rabbi Manewith has split her time between being a congregational rabbi and an independent Jewish educational consultant, writing curricula and teaching for many organizations including: Smithsonian Resident Associates, Moving Traditions, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the DCJCC.
While living in Washington, DC, her most recent hometown, she was active in community organizations, serving on the DC advisory council of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, and the Executive Committee of Yachad: The Jewish Housing and Community Development Corporation of Greater Washington. She would love to get reacquainted with Chicago’s social justice community.
When not busy writing, teaching, or speaking Rabbi Manewith loves to read, most recently, and much to her surprise, non fiction. She watches too much TV for her own good, and keeps the car stereo tuned to NPR. She knows how to juggle, is handy with a hammer and nails, makes a mean strudel, and is happiest living or working in close proximity to take-out sushi, a kosher bakery, and an independent bookstore.
Rabbi Manewith lives in Chicago, blocks from her childhood home, with her son, Nate.