Our Rabbi

Rabbi Emily Segal

After completing her undergraduate work in Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar, Rabbi Segal studied in Jerusalem and Cincinnati where she was ordained from the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion.   Her rabbinic thesis was entitled “Telling and Retelling:  The Women’s Passover Seder and Ritual Innovation.”  Previously Rabbi Segal served as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Illinois, and as a rabbinic student served congregations in Ohio, Florida, and Louisiana.  In 2014-2015, she was a Balfour Brickner Social Justice Fellow through the Religious Action Center, and she is currently a member of the third cohort of the Clergy Leadership Incubator.  Rabbi Segal is also proud to serve on the Advocacy committee of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. 

Rabbi Segal grew up in a small, tight-knit Jewish community in Virginia, nurtured by one of the first woman rabbis, and she is the proud product of an interfaith home. Seeing her father grow in love for Judaism and develop a passion for Jewish learning and eventually become a Jew-by-choice was formative in her development and her path in the rabbinate.  

Rabbi Segal's rabbinic interests include liturgical development, ritual innovation, biblical Hebrew, Jewish environmental and food Justice, Jewish feminism, and scriptural and halakhic study.  Her non-rabbinic interests include strong coffee, dark chocolate, good books, escapist baking, wrangling toddlers, and live music.  She is married to Rabbi Scott Segal, and they have two children—Samantha (5 years old) and Ezra (2 years old), and two dogs—Tootsie and Zeke.  As a family, the Segals love cooking together, trips to the dog park, and family dance parties.  The Segals are all very excited to join our community at Aspen Jewish Congregation and to be living in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Contact Rabbi Segal at RabbiSegal@aspenjewish.org or 970.925.8245 x1.