About the Creators

Rachael Brooke Goren, Artist and Owner

I grew up in suburban Philadelphia, where my kindergarten teacher expressed concern that I did not color inside the lines. I graduated from Brandeis University and studied Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s Studies, completed at Masters’ Degree in Public Health from UMASS Amherst, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. My job history is as eclectic as my menorahs. When I am not creating in my home art studio, I work as a clinical psychologist and enjoy spending time with my two kids, long walks on the beach, gardening, convincing myself to do yoga,  and remembering that life is too short and we should eat dessert first.

Creating is a messy and sometimes emotional process, with ups and downs and glitter everywhere. Hope is fundamental to me in creating—hope that we can make a better world and that just because something is broken or torn does not mean it cannot be made into something more valuable, beautiful, and meaningful.

Jae Carrico, Assistant Extraordinaire

Jae started working at Eclectic Judaica in 2021 as an artist assistant. Her position has continued to grow and wears many hats including order fulfillment and shipping so whether it's a wholesale or retail order, you're in good hands! Jae loves adventure and life experiences. She has lived many places from the desert to the PNW to a tiny island off of Guam and spends her free time researching new places to visit and things to see. On the weekends Jae loves to be out and about spending time with her family or getting crafty!

Check out Jae’s Etsy shop All Season Smiles