Rabbi Reni Dickman was ordained from the New York Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003. During her tenure at HUC-JIR, she served as the student rabbi in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Dickman earned a B.A. in Government and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. During her junior year of college, she studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and during rabbinical school, she also studied at Drisha, a women's yeshiva on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
| Among the most formative of her experiences were the summers that she spent at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Rabbi Dickman also attributes her love of Jewish life to the vibrant community and rabbinic leadership of Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Glenview, Illinois where she first learned to celebrate Judaism. From 2003-2009, Rabbi Dickman served on the Judaic Studies Faculty of the Chicagoland Jewish High School teaching Bible and Mishnah. Rabbi Dickman became the rabbi of Sinai Temple in the fall of 2004 traveling to Michigan City every other weekend. During the week, she and her husband, Mr. Aaron Nessel, reside in Evanston, Illinois.|