Dr. Rachael Turkienicz earned her Ph.D. in Talmudic and Midrashic Studies from Brandeis University and is an affiliate professor at York University. She was the host and co-producer of a weekly television series called 'Uncommon Ground', writes a column for the Canadian Jewish News, and is a published author both in her field of academia as well as in children's literature.
Rachael currently holds a seat with the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto. She co-founded a faith-based private school in Toronto and consults with several other schools.
Rachael was the first recipient of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University Person of Distinction Award and was featured on CBC's Tapestry Programme.
Rachael is a Governor of the Canadian International Peace Project. She was the founder and director of an institute for Jewish studies, The Learning Centre, an unaffiliated educational facility. The Learning Centre was transformed to Rachael's Centre for Torah, Mussar & Ethics.
Rachael is currently Chairperson of the Toronto Community Mikvah Project, an exciting and innovative Canadian venture.