Marita Anderson is a Chaplain with a Master in Jewish Studies from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. She trained at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, providing spiritual care to families in the NICU. She also served as an Interfaith Chaplain at Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center, working with oncology patients. Marita finished her Clinical Pastoral Education with the Spiritual Care Department at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.
In addition to her chaplaincy work, Marita teaches mindfulness meditation classes to help community members develop emotional and spiritual resilience in face of everyday stress. She participated in an 18-month Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She also trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the Center for Mindfulness (UMass Medical School).
Marita holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine and immigrated to the United States at the age of eleven. She loves to write and is always grateful for opportunities to share her perspective.
Marita is married to Rabbi Spike Anderson. Together, they are raising three children who care for two dogs, a parakeet, and whatever chickens they can keep alive.