Rachel Biale was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in Israel. She received her BA and MA in Jewish History from UCLA and her MSW from Yeshiva University. She is the author of Women and Jewish Law (Schocken, 1984) and two books for parents and children in a series titled ” Let’s Make a Book about It:” My Pet Died and We Are Moving. She is the Bay Area Regional Director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance (www.pjalliance.org). Rachel has worked in the Bay Area Jewish Community for 20 years, first as a clinician for Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay and then as Director of Community Education at the Osher Marin JCC, and is the Director of Bible by the Bay, a project of Lehrhaus Judaica. She has also had a private practice of parenting counseling by phone for 20 years.