I am thrilled to join the Netivot Shalom community as the new rabbi, as of July 2018. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A little about me: Before coming to Netivot Shalom, I served Congregation Kol Shofar in Marin County for sixteen years, where I founded the award-winning Center for Jewish Spirituality. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, I was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002. I love all aspects of congregational life and feel as much at home sitting on the floor with the preschoolers, playing my guitar and doing a puppet show about the Torah portion as I do singing a niggun (wordless melody) and teaching Hasidic texts to adult learners. It is my privilege as a rabbi to create and hold sacred space for people going through life’s challenges, transitions, and celebrations, whether it’s birth, b’nei mitzvah, marriage, divorce, illness, death, and everything in between. Please let me know how I can support you.
Outside of my rabbinic work, I enjoy dance, music, and playing bass in a rock band. I am married to Roger Studley, an active lay leader in the Jewish community, and our son, Ezra, attends Oakland Hebrew Day School. People often ask me about my unusual nickname, “Chai:” It’s an acronym for my full Jewish name, Chaya-Yehudit, and is pronounced with a guttural “ch” as in L’Chaim! I look forward to getting to know you!