Rabbi Katy Z. Allen began her career as a biology teacher and later became a writer and editor of educational materials. In 1988 she turned to Judaism, began studying, and has never stopped. In 1989, she formally converted and soon started teaching Hebrew school. She quickly became involved in family and adult education, and for a number of years performed professionally as a storyteller.
Rabbi Katy received a Masters of Arts in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, MA, in 1999, and rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY, in 2005. She is a Board Certified Chaplain through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, of which she is a member.
Rabbi Katy served as the rabbi of Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop before founding Ma'yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope in 2007. Ma'yan Tikvah is an independent congregation literally without walls that provides a home for those seeking an alternative way of encountering Judaism through outdoor services and intimate learning opportunities.
For ten years, Rabbi Katy served as a chaplain at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before leaving in the spring of 2015 to found the One Earth Collaborative, a project of Open Spirit in Framingham, MA, where she engages with the community as an eco-chaplain. The One Earth Collaborative provides a home for people, organizations, and institutions in Metrowest Boston who share concern and passion about the Earth and its inhabitants, and the future of the human species. It is dedicated to transforming our consciousness by acknowledging and strengthening our spiritual connection to the Universe and all it contains.
In 2013, together with Eli Gerzon, Rabbi Katy founded the Boston-area Jewish Climate Action Network, and she now serves as the president of JCAN.
Rabbi Katy writes about matters of the spirit and the world (and encourages others to write) and blogs at www.mayantikvah.blogspot.com. She serves as the Jewish chaplain at CareGroup Parmenter Hospice in Wayland, MA, and is certified as a Bibliodramatist by Peter and Susan Pitzele. She recently published Loss and Transformation: One Women's Journey Out of Grief to Opportunity, which is based on her senior rabbinic project. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of Jewcology.org, Jewish Vegetarians of North America, and Shomrei Bereshit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth.
Read Rabbi Katy's article, A Call for a New Kind of Chaplain.