Chai Levy

I look forward to connecting with you and to creating our community’s future together. I’m happy to meet with current members, prospective members, and people curious about exploring Judaism or deepening their Jewish lives. To arrange an appointment, please contact me at rabbi@netivotshalom.org. Before coming to Netivot Shalom in July 2018, I served Congregation Kol…

Ken Schnur

My wife, Denise, and I joined Netivot Shalom in 1989, when we were in our early 30’s and looking for a shul where we felt comfortable.  We had tried several other shuls in the area, but none felt right. We’ve been members of Netivot ever since.  Our two children, Emma and Noah, had their bar…

Rebecca Goodman

I love being part of the Netivot Shalom community as the Youth and Family Education Director (YFED). Not only am I the Education Director for “Ketzev” and “Amitim” our traditional programs of prior years, but for all our youth, from birth to age 18, and their families. Together we will re-envision Jewish education for our…

Karen Llamas

I’ve been in the field of Jewish early childhood education for over thirteen years. I earned my B.A in Liberal Studies with emphasis in Creative Art from San Francisco State University. I also hold an A.A from Chabot College where I had the privilege of joining the faculty as an Education Specialist- mentoring future preschool…

Emma Gobler

As the Office and Rabbinic Assistant, I report to the Executive Director and am responsible for developing weekly announcements, creating Yahrzeit letters and lists, tracking and publishing events on the calendar, coordinating usage of rental spaces and equipment, managing memorial plaques and the memorial wall, performing front desk duties, and assisting the Rabbi in attending…

Serena Heaslip

As the Facility Manager, I oversee the maintenance and use of our shul’s building and grounds. We want Netivot Shalom to be a comfortable and safe place for everyone who spends time in our home. I have relationships with the custodians, gardeners, and other maintenance vendors, I organize repairs, oversee inspections, and keep abreast of…

Rabbi Stuart L. Kelman

Rabbi Stuart L. Kelman, PhD, D.D In June 2007, he retired as rabbi of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and was granted the title Founding Rabbi, Emeritus. In 1988, a group of east bay residents gathered in Berkeley and began to doven together twice a month on Shabbat mornings.  The minyan was Conservative, egalitarian, traditional…

Menachem Creditor

Rabbi Menachem Creditor served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America, he is a published author, musician, teacher and activist who has spent time working locally, in Ghana, and in the White House to amplify the prophetic Jewish voice in the world. His…