Skills, Hobbies, Areas of Interest
Whether on a leisurely hike, a multi-day backpacking trip, canoeing down a river, rock climbing, or a relaxing walk around the neighborhood; life is best enjoyed outside.
I enjoy movies (primarily documentaries), reading non-fiction books, writing poetry, seeing a theater production, attending live music events, museums, and exhibits; cultural events are the best way to explore a new place.
Sports and Entertainment
Loyal fan to Chicago sports teams and Michigan State athletics. I enjoy basketball, golf, frisbee golf, and yoga; I am not highly competitive, though I enjoy cheering on those who are.
Exceptional listening, communication, and leadership capabilities. Thoughtful, problem-solving and time management oriented. Song leading. Creative, adaptable and always willing to collaborate.
Areas of Interest/Speciality
Environmental enthusiast, mediation and conflict resolution, pastoral care, mindfulness, spirituality, healthy masculinity, moral injury and soul repair.
My wife, Nicki, and I at Shabbat services at her home congregation in Akron, OH
My two siblings who are great role models and friends.
The Stratford family at my masters graduation
Nicki and I at a friend's wedding last summer
Showing the 2nd grade students in Hattiesburg, MS, that they can read the sh'ma from the Torah without vowels.
Leading High Holy Days from the pulpit in Norman, OK
Hebrew Union Collge - Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbinic Ordination '17
Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters '15
2008 - 2012
Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
Jewish Studies Specialization