Rabbi Jenn grew up in New City, New York. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s degree in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
She received her Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in May 2017 and Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in June 2018. During rabbinical school, Rabbi Jenn was honored to receive the Cora Kahn Prize for best sermon delivery and oratory as well as the Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Memorial Prize for the best sermon preached in the Scheuer Chapel for the academic year.
Rabbi Jenn has served congregations in Columbus, Indiana, Muncie, Indiana, and Jefferson City, Missouri as a student-rabbi. She delighted in serving as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington, Ohio. One of Rabbi Jenn’s most meaningful pulpit experiences was serving as the student-rabbi of Congregation Or Hatzafon, Light of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska for two consecutive summers.
As part of The Jewish Foundation’s fellowship program in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rabbi Jenn provided pastoral support and Jewish learning to members of Cedar Village Retirement Community and Jewish Family Service. Rabbi Jenn spent two summers serving as a Unit Head at URJ Eisner Camp in Massachusetts and URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute in Indiana. She enjoyed teaching Jewish youth at Valley Temple and Temple Sholom in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rabbi Jenn finds deep holiness in providing pastoral care. A highlight of her time at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion was completing two units of Clinical Pastoral Education; she served as a chaplain-intern at Jewish Hospital.
Living in Israel for two years and participating in educational and spirituality programs such as Otzma and Livnot U’lehibanot, Rabbi Jenn has cultivated a deep love for the land of Israel and the Hebrew language.
Rabbi Jenn enjoys running marathons, painting, playing guitar and mandolin, journal writing, and getting lost in nature. She is married to Paul Mangold; they met in the mystical city of Tzfat, in Northern Israel.