Rabbi Vivie Mayer directs and teaches in the Mekhinah program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she also serves as director of the Bet Midrash. She lived in Israel for seven years — in Beit Shemesh, teaching ESL in middle and high schools, and on a kibbutz, working and teaching Jewish studies to adults. She served as rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Danbury, CT, for 10 years. During that time she also served as a chaplain for Jewish women at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury. For seven years she was an active member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association board and executive board.
She is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York. She graduated with a rabbinical degree from RRC in 1996.
Mayer has an article in The Women's Haftarah Commentary (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004). Her congregation in Danbury published a collection of her sermons and articles and a CD of her original music.
September 5th, 2017 | Season 1 | 26 mins 25 secs
As the High Holiday season approaches, Jewish people across the world begin to reflect on their behavior of the past year. They wonder: what does it mean to forgive? What does it mean to seek forgiveness? In a conversation with Rabbi Vivie Mayer, we explore the complexities of teshuvah (repentance) and ways to seek it as the Jewish new year approaches and throughout the year.