Anna Steckel grew up in Portland, Oregon where she attended Portland Jewish Academy and Riverdale High School. She credits these communities for giving her a chance to develop an interest in social justice through service learning and community support. Anna recently graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts where she double majored in Psychology and Jewish Studies. During her junior year, Anna studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic where she attended classes exploring Jewish history in Central Europe. Over the course of five months, she traveled to 22 cities and tried as many new foods along the way.

When she returned to Smith, Anna was the Co-President of the Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) and the House President of her campus house. These experiences were instrumental in continuing her interest in and commitment to social justice issues and intentional living.

Anna was initially intrigued by Tivnu and the opportunity to work with the participants to create a nurturing, mindful, and intentional Jewish community.¬†Anna looks forward to using a Jewish lens to explore social justice issues with this year’s Tivnoodles. She is also incredibly excited to create a loving and snack-filled bayit.