As the Interfaith Chaplain Nora Woods provides spiritual care for the Bryn Mawr community, supports religious life on campus, and helps to facilitate interfaith community building.
In her role as chaplain, Nora strives to create a safe, accepting, warm environment in which students can explore their spiritual identity, place in the community, and moral convictions. She believes that spiritual health is a significant component of wellness and is achieved when one’s beliefs match one’s day to day actions. Nora seeks to help students discern their highest ideals and figure out how best to live according to them.
Nora is in her sixth and final year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa., and will be ordained as a Reconstructionist Rabbi in June. She graduated with a B.A. in Religion from Earlham College and received a certificate in Leading Spiritual Diversity in Higher Education from New York University’s Of Many Institute. For the past three years she has served as the Rabbinic Intern and Jewish Advisor for Bryn Mawr’s Hillel. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr she served as the rabbinic intern at Georgetown University. She has also been a T’ruah Fellow, working with survivors of human trafficking in New York City, and a chaplain for seniors at Abrahamson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, Pa., and at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston, Mass.
Aside from issues of faith and identity, Nora loves to talk about farming, musical theatre, and food. When not at work or school, she can often be found supporting the work of community organizers, watching sports, and playing outside.