Director of Congregational Learning & Engagement

Rabbi Danielle Parmenter

Rabbi Danielle Parmenter’s Jewish journey began on the campus of Emory University, where she was exposed to the works of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mordecai Kaplan, and Arthur Green. These great rabbis inspired her to study religion and later obtain a Master’s degree in Judaic Studies from Boston University. After becoming increasingly immersed in Jewish community and awed by Jewish ritual and Torah, Danielle was drawn to the rabbinate. Danielle spent seven years at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical School (RRC) and was ordained in the spring of 2014.  Danielle has had experience creating, developing, and teaching for early childhood through adult education.  She currently serves as Women’s Spirituality Circle Leader, designing and leading monthly programs at Mekom Torah in Media, PA.  She previously helped implement the Hebrew curriculum at Beth Or, including teaching and supervising faculty.  While at RCC, she worked as Bar/Bat Mitzvah Coordinator at Har Zion Temple, helped design and teach a diverse curriculum to Jewish teens at Mekom Torah, worked with college students at Vassar College’s Hillel creating a deepened Shabbat experience on campus, and participated in all parts of congregational life at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore as well as at Congregation Beth El in Yardley. Additionally, Danielle has immersed herself in the Jewish Mindfulness Movement and currently serves on the board of A Way In Jewish Mindfulness. Danielle loves “watching a student develop and grow into the person they are meant to be” and is “nourished by the knowledge that [she has] helped cultivate that growth.”  Danielle lives in Gwynedd Valley with her husband Scott and two children Henry and Annabele.