Rachael Turkienicz, Ph.D.
Dr. Rachael Turkienicz earned her Ph.D. in Talmudic and Midrashic Studies from Brandeis University. She currently writes a column for the Canadian Jewish News and is a published author both in her field of academia as well as in children’s literature.
For many years, Rachael was a professor at York University in both the Faculties of Education and Religious Studies. Rachael was also the host and co-producer of a weekly television series and often appeared on television as an expert voice.
Rachael currently holds a seat with the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto. She co-founded a faith-based private school in Toronto and consults with schools on curriculum development.
Rachael was the first recipient of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University Person of Distinction Award and was featured on CBC’s Tapestry Programme.
Rachael is a Governor of the Canadian International Peace Project. She is the founder and director of a Canadian federal charity, Rachael’s Centre for Torah, Mussar & Ethics, which promotes learning of Jewish texts, interfaith programmes and building online communities.
Rachael is currently the lead consultant of Simcha Consultants, an organization that helps people shape their Jewish celebrations to bring personal meaning and memories and inclusivity to any celebration.