Eduardo Pazos, Director of the Rachel Lord Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

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Eduardo Pazos is Bowdoin’s Director of the Rachel Lord Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. He does not represent any one religious tradition, but rather guides and coordinates the faith groups on campus encouraging interfaith understanding, dialogue, and education. He is available for counseling and pastoral care on issues of ethics, faith, and spirituality. Eduardo also acts as a liaison between students and the religious leaders and faith communities in Brunswick and mid coast Maine.

Born and raised in Mexico, Eduardo moved to Massachusetts to attend Boston Baptist College and went on to earn a master’s degree at Yale Divinity School. After graduating from Yale, Eduardo went on to work in financial aid and adjunct teach at his alma mater. He later moved to Texas to work with immigrant families as a pastor and chaplain, where he provided pastoral counseling to students and parents in moments of crisis and led a Spanish speaking ministry. Most recently he has worked in business and finance, but Eduardo maintained a connection to spiritual and religious life and education, adjunct teaching online courses titled Old and New Testament Survey, and Contemporary Worldviews. Eduardo and his wife, Nichole, reside locally in Maine with their two young daughters, Eden and Elena.


Lisa Vinikoor, Hillel Advisor 

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I was born and raised in Vermont and I’m thrilled to return to northern New England to serve as Bowdoin College’s Hillel Rabbi. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in History from Smith College, Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and most recently my Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Before entering the rabbinate, I worked for fourteen years in the greater Boston area, first as an elementary school teacher and later as a social justice organizer. As a social justice organizer, I worked with a team to engage thousands of clergy and lay leaders in a campaign to win expanded access to quality, affordable healthcare for nearly half a million low income people in Massachusetts. I also organized a campaign to stop the devastating effects of home foreclosures in Lawrence and Lowell Massachusetts. As Bowdoin’s rabbi, I support students in creating vibrant Jewish religious and cultural life here at Bowdoin.  I serve students in helping to build community, work for justice, explore various aspects of Judaism and engage in spiritual and religious practices.  When I’m not at Bowdoin, you can find me jogging, biking, cooking or trying to catch a glimpse of a moose or two in Baxter State park.  I also love to drink coffee and look forward meeting you for coffee or tea or at one of our events!

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