Prior to joining the Beth Tzedec community, Simmi worked as the Youth Director at Beth David Synagogue. She is a recent graduate from Queens University where she earned her B.A. in Sociology. In Kingston, Simmi is most proud of her work in establishing an annual women's empowerment craft show as well as her work as the President of Israel on Campus. Simmi is a proud alumni of Associated Hebrew School, USY and Camp Ramah of Canada. Raised with a strong sense for adventure and respect for the environment, Simmi enjoys swimming, canoeing, sketching, tripping, skiing, wake-boarding and scuba-diving. She loves to spend time with her husband, Adam Blankenstein, and her family and friends.