Jordi Schuster Battis

Rabbi Jordi Battis joined the Temple Shir Tikva community in the summer 2018. She arrived at TST from Temple Beth Shalom of Needham, MA, where she served as Rabbi-Educator and rabbinic coach to the faculty of the nationally acclaimed Mayim and Etzim supplementary learning programs, and as director of the community’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey program.

After graduating from Williams College in 1998, Rabbi Battis volunteered in Israel with Project Otzma, then spent a year at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. She worked as Program Director at Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and went on to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. There, she was part of the prestigious HUC Mandel Fellowship and earned a Master in Jewish Education (2010), in addition to rabbinic ordination (2011).

Rabbi Battis has worked in roles ranging from serving as an educational consultant through Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, Director of Staff education at URJ Camp Newman, Rabbi of Northwestern University Hillel, and curricular writer for Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh. She has been published in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education's Portraits of Jewish Learning Project, and Sh'ma Now, and is a regular contributor to the Union of Reform Judaism's Ten Minutes of Torah blog.

Originally from Claremont, CA, she lives in Natick, MA, with her husband, Seth, who is the chair of the Computing, Design, and Fabrication department at Gann Academy, and their sons Gershom (Gersh) and Rachmael (Rocky).