Meet Rabbi Marina Yergin (she/her)
In 2015, I began my rabbinate at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, Texas. In that time, I have developed into an inclusive, compassionate, and resourceful rabbi. I have a deep passion and enthusiasm about education for all ages, with a specific soft spot for working with teens and young adults. Likewise, I am committed to expanding Jewish community with a welcoming attitude and a listening ear.
I was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in May 2015. In Israel, I participated in the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism’s Riding4Reform bike trip from Modi’in to Masada as well as the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s Former Soviet Union Pesach Project aiding FSU communities in their Passover celebrations. I served as the student rabbi at Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Bluefield, West Virginia for two years as my first student pulpit. I then became the rabbinic fellow and intern at Hillel at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for two years. In the summers during my years as a rabbinic student, I staffed a NFTY in Israel trip and worked at URJ’s Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi expanding my work with high school students and getting to know Reform teens from all over the country. I have also completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education focusing on my work at Hillel at Miami University and working as a chaplain at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.
I grew up in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, not a very Jewish area, which allowed me to discover my love of teaching others about Judaism. I was an active youth at Beth Tikvah Congregation and it was suggested I think about becoming a rabbi at my Bat Mitzvah rehearsal! In Illinois, I was involved in my Temple Youth Group and was on the NFTY-Chicago Area Region’s regional board as Membership Vice President and then President. I found a community at both the synagogue and at URJ’s Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. For my undergraduate career, I attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where I received a BA in Hebrew, Sociology, and Jewish Studies, with a minor in Leadership and was accepted into Phi Beta Kappa. There, I was involved at Hillel, in my Jewish sorority, in the Admissions Department for the University, and was a TA for Modern Hebrew courses.