I never imagined growing up in Los Angeles or the Bay Area that I would ever join the military. When I joined the Marine Corps at 18, I never imagined that the 4 years I would spend in uniform in the military Jewish community would connect me to my Jewish identity like nothing else had. I never imagined that reconnection would eventually lead me to a desire to pursue the Rabbinate. Since then, I have used the unique diversity of my experiences, knowledge, and identity as a Jew of Color to help connect people to the wealth of Jewish text, history, values, and traditions. I relish the opportunity every day to learn and teach together as a way to empower people to find their own Jewish identity, whether individually and communally.