Rabbi Jennifer Clayman has been a rabbi/educator at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA, since 2008. Before joining full-time, Rabbi Jennifer worked on several initiatives, most notably Re-Imagine, Beth Am's long-term project to re-invent congregational education. She also works with Beth Am's Include team, whose purpose is to help acknowledge, embrace, support and connect families with special needs to the larger congregation. In 2013-14, Rabbi Jennifer participated in the first cohort of the Kesher Fellowship through Jewish LearningWorks; she is a member of the Bay Area's Shinui Think Tank on innovation in congregational education, and she is frequently consulted by educators looking to embark on paths toward innovation in their own congregations or institutions.
Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Rabbi Jennifer received her B.A. in Religion from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and she holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR's Rhea Hirsch School of Education. She was ordained by HUC-JIR in Los Angeles in 2003. Before coming to Beth Am, she served Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, New Jersey.
Rabbi Jennifer is an avid camper and hiker, and she and her husband, Rabbi John Fishman, live on the Peninsula with their two sons.