Nachos are Kara's favorite food, and you'll all be asking "is the cheese throughout?" the next time you order them. Early interwebs videos, college jobs, and hoping Terry Crews will grace the podcast with an interview someday start this chapter off on an eclectic note before introducing today's guest.
Avremi Zippel joins Kim and Kara for a conversation you'll probably want to listen to a few times to digest all of the wisdom this survivor imparts. His journey through reclaiming his voice, healing his inner child, and forging a new path toward justice for survivors like him provides a unique message that is compassionately delivered.
Rabbi Avremi Zippel was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Salt Lake City with his parents, in July of 1992. He attended a Jewish High School in Chicago, and attended Rabbinical College in London, England. Rabbi Zippel participated in Jewish outreach and humanitarian missions, in Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Wales, and numerous cities throughout the U.S. He was ordained at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ by the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi I.M. Lau, in December of 2013. He married Sheina in January of 2014, and together they moved to Utah later that year, when they created Young Jewish Professionals Utah. They are the proud parents of two adorable little boys.
In February of 2019, Rabbi Zippel publicly came forward about the decade of sexual abuse he had endured at the hands of a childhood caretaker. He is believed to be the first Orthodox Rabbi to publicly speak out about sexual abuse in his past. Since then, Rabbi Zippel has taken a leadership role in combating sexual abuse in religious communities around the world and advocating for survivors. Rabbi Zippel serves his community as the Crime Victim Representative on the Utah Council for Victims of Crime, and was recognized as the Child Advocate of the Year in 2021 by Prevent Child Abuse Utah. His story has been shared in numerous formats, most recently in Aly Raisman: Darkness to Light, a made-for-TV special that aired on Lifetime. He is a sought-after lecturer and mentor to communities around the world. Avremi’s long-awaited memoir, entitled 'Not What I Expected' is now available for preorder and is due to hit shelves in May of 2023.
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