Reed is a hospice chaplain, educator and bodyworker. They received their Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Brandeis University in Women’s and Gender Studies. Reed received high honors for their undergraduate thesis entitled From Margin to Off-Center: Queer Women Rabbis from 1976 to 2008. Reed studied at Pardes in Jerusalem in the Year Fellowship Program and then for two years at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Reed completed four units through chaplaincy residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach and has been working in home hospice ever since.
Reed became a certified massage therapist through the Mckinnon Body Therapy Center and has studied craniosacral therapy and abdominal massage. They were selected by the Piedmont School of Yoga Social Justice Fellowship to become a certified yoga teacher and to bring yoga and meditation to suicidal teens at McAuley Adolescent Psychiatric lockdown facility. Reed often weaves music into their work, whether in the classroom, at a patient’s bedside, or at ritual gatherings. They are a passionate educator with over ten years of experience across Jewish movements, interfaith settings, and through various arenas of study. Reed has had a healing bodywork, spiritual counseling and a life-cycle facilitation private practice for the past seven years.
Reed continues their work as Community Organizer at the Kitchen in San Francisco, as well as a home hospice chaplain for National Hospice.