Rabbi Annie Tucker brings a wealth of experience to Temple Israel Center. In her previous position as Senior Rabbi of Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah in Wilmette, IL, she introduced new opportunities for adult learning, developed initiatives to engage children and families, and worked closely with the clergy to energize worship within the congregation. She deepened the community’s commitment to Disability, Keruv (Interfaith), and LGBTQ inclusion as well as social justice efforts—helping to launch a relief mission to Houston after Hurricane Harvey and creating a community garden. She also developed a Young Professionals Group for those in their 20's and 30's.
From 2006-2013, Rabbi Tucker served as Associate Rabbi of The Jewish Center, a Conservative congregation in Princeton, NJ. She was integrally involved in the synagogue’s education and youth community, serving as lead professional on their religious school change initiative for which she earned an Ateret Kavod award for innovation and created dynamic programming including an annual confirmation class service program in New Orleans and women’s trips to Israel, Jewish Spain, and Eastern Europe.
Rabbi Annie Tucker graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Psychology and Jewish Studies. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, she earned a master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001. She continued on in the Seminary’s rabbinical program and was ordained in 2006 with a concentration in Pastoral Counseling. At graduation, Rabbi Tucker received the Bernard & Sydell Citron Scholastic Prize awarded to the outstanding graduating student of the Rabbinical School. She was also granted the Lamport Prize in Homiletics.
Rabbi Tucker grew up in Lexington, MA and enjoys teaching, writing, and working with individuals of all ages.