Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste
Rabbi Avnon-Benveniste (she/her) is the director of the Israel Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR’s Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem. She was ordained after completing the Israel Rabbinical Program in 2009. She returned to HUC-JIR following her time as director of the International School for Peoplehood Studies at the Museum of the Jewish People, where she instilled an active connection to the Jewish people among Jews throughout the world and led public discourse on Jewish Peoplehood and identity in the 21st century. She led a series of programs that supported the Museum of the Jewish People’s cultural, communal, and educational activities in Israel and around the world.
Prior to her work with the Museum of the Jewish People ("ANU" Museum), Rabbi Avnon-Benveniste served as head of the Education Department of Beit Daniel, the Center for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv, where she worked to promote a national, social, and liberal Jewish agenda in state schools and in cultural and community frameworks alongside fellow rabbis.
Rabbi Avnon-Benveniste is a writer, a teacher, and a keynote speaker at a variety of events and has expertise in writing, teaching, and addressing current issues in the evolving Jewish world.