Meet Our Contributors

The Jew & The Carrot is blessed with amazing contributing writers! Each month we will introduce you to one of them, so you can get to know them all.

Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee was born in Hong Kong to a Chinese Buddhist family; her native tongue is Cantonese. Her family arrived in the United States when she was six, settling in the Chinatown neighborhood of the Lower East Side in New York City.

As a child, Hannah and her brother borrowed books from the local library of Bible stories (their sister remains agnostic).  Her brother became a fundamentalist Christian, while Hannah began her journey as an Orthodox Jew by studying at the Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, where then-Senior Rabbi Saul Berman served as the head of her bet din.

Hannah graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Biology and she holds a M.S. in Epidemiology from Columbia University. She currently has a status of All-But-Dissertation in the Ph.D. program of the Environmental Epidemiology department at New York University.  She effectively left the program after her husband began a fellowship in interventional radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and they decided to settle in the Main Line western suburbs of Philadelphia.  Hannah is the mother of two daughters: one who begins her third year at the University of Chicago and the other who is a freshman at Lower Merion High School.

Hannah initiated the Birkat Ha’Adamah program for her shul, the modern Orthodox Lower Merion Synagogue, for which she serves as the Site Host for its CSA.  She was also given the forum by Rabbi Avraham Shmidman to prepare Environmental Facts for the weekly shul bulletin.

After the birth of her younger daughter, Hannah upgraded her family’s vegetarian diet to organic and much later, local and sustainable.  She is now a vegan-wannabe.”