Rabbi Wechsler has touched the lives of many members of our community through her intellect, warmth, compassion and commitment to the ideals of Conservative Judaism. As the first woman to serve as rabbi of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, her impact and accomplishments are demonstrated in our successful b’nei mitzvah, adult learning programs, gemilut hasadim efforts, and many learning and life cycle experiences.
Since coming to Chizuk Amuno in July 1999 she has taught classes in all of the schools of the congregation on Bible, Talmud, Halakha (Jewish Law), and Rabbinics. She serves as Rav Ha Makhshir of the congregation, supervising kashrut, and oversees its Gemilut Hasadim (social action) activities.
Her communal work includes service on the Grant Review Committee for the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund of The Associated, and the Teacher Certification group of the Center for Jewish Education. She has published sermons and opinion articles in The American Rabbi, The Orchard, The Forward, and the New York Jewish Week. Debi received her rabbinic ordination, as well as an M.A., from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City.