Rabbi Carrie Benveniste's career as an educator began during her undergraduate years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, when she worked with teen parents in the Americorp Teen Academic Parenting program. She was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University here in Los Angeles.
Since graduation, she has taught in both after school religious school programs and day school programs. She has served as the director of a small congregational school in San Luis Obispo, the co-director of a congregational school in Venice, the Malibu Jewish Center, where she was the Director of Education and the Assistant Rabbi. Rabbi Carrie has been Director of Education at Congregation Tikvat Jacob’s Ohren Education Center for five years.
Rabbi Carrie is the creator of the Shtetl School curriculum that integrates project-based and experiential learning with traditional Torah study. She works with elementary through high school students to help them express their Jewish identity through fine and creative art programs. She endeavors to create a safe and open environment for children and teens to be themselves while experiencing a vibrant Jewish community.
When Rabbi Carrie is not working she enjoys Zumba, quilting, and cheering on her two children at their various sporting events.