Rebecca Keren Eisenstadt is a Rabbi and private educator. She obtained semicha from Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk in New York. She graduated with Honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Rebecca also graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. Rebecca has been working as an on-demand Rabbi, B'nai Mitzvah, Hebrew and Judaic Studies tutor for more than 15 years, combining her loves of Judaism, music, and performance. She works with various synagogues in Manhattan and is affiliated with several Rabbis in the US and Israel. She also officiates weddings, funerals, baby namings, bespoke holiday gatherings and other Jewish life cycle events. Rebecca works with several charities to benefit veterans and the needy. Rebecca is currently developing a follow-documentary series about her busy life as a young female Rabbi.
Experience You Can Trust
Rebecca teaches children ages 4 and up. She teaches reading, religious and modern Hebrew, including for Bnei Mitzvah Preparation. She has worked with hundreds of young adults, teaching them to read and sing prayers and Torah. She has worked with most synagogues in the NYC area.
Tailored Family Services
Jewish Life Beyond the Classroom
Many families choose to no longer affiliate with a synagogue or decide to hold their ceremonies in special locations, such as Israel or in an event space on Saturday Evening. Rebecca can tailor mitzvah and wedding service content to make meaningful for your event.
With her lovable shih-poo, Scout, @barkmitzvahtutor, Rabbi Becky does much more than simply teaching. Group lessons, cooking, music, family outings and art projects. She also is available to guide families through religious trips to Israel.
"A Standout & Lovely!" - Time Out NY
Rebecca apprenticed Obie Award Winner & Tony Nominee Elizabeth Swados (z'l) for more than 10 years, working with her as an actress, collaborator, dramaturg, and poetry assistant. Her favorite work was their project Rachel and Leah: The Musical Before Technicolor. Rebecca penned the lyrics and co-wrote the book with Daniella Rabbani. The music is composed by Elizabeth Swados, with musical direction by Kris Kukul. Before working on Rachel and Leah, they co-conceived and created Atonement: An Oratorio, about themes of social action and personal responsibility embedded within the Jewish High Holidays.
As an actress, she starred in the National Yiddish Theatre's Off-Broadway show, The Megile of Itzik Manger. Rebecca also starred in the LaMaMa E.T.C, Metropolitan Room and Axelrod Performing Arts Center productions of Rachel and Leah. Rebecca appeared in Swados's award winning tribute for the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire memorial, From the Fire. She has acted in various productions with The National Yiddish Theater/Folksbiene since 2009. Select NYC credits: Zillah in Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day; Leah in Swados' The Dybbuk. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Town Hall and more. Rebecca holds a BFA from NYU-Tisch, trained at The Experimental Theater Wing, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA in London), Stonestreet Studios for Film and Television, Northwestern University's CHERUB Program and The Washington Conservatory of Music.
Rebecca has had her own poetry published with publications including Lilith Magazine. She also worked for years with Richard Frankel Productions, Frankel Green Theatrical Management and Feinstein's/54 Below.
Becky! Our girl!!! I mean where do I begin? She was absolutely flawless! We could not be more proud—-and I sure hope you are too! You are the woman behind the woman! I know I said it last night, but you are such a gifted teacher! How you spend your time with Cece laughing and chatting about everything—you guys just have a blast, but she managed to learn everything and more and she just blew it away! You are just an incredibly special teacher, mentor, role model and friend!
Thank you for pushing her to ask questions, take risks and for giving her the confidence to tackle the story of my grandparents…. All night people came to me and shared how much that moved them. It was really a moment no one will forget.
Becky we love you so much! I cannot wait for an in person debrief! A MILLION THANK YOUS for everything you have given our family!