Our alumni serve communities across the country in a myriad of ways. But they are all connected through their experiences at our school

With the advantage of AJRCA’s unique transdenominational and spiritual education, our Rabbis, Cantors, Chaplains, and other community leaders have been hired by a wide variety of synagogues, schools, and Jewish agencies as well as communal organizations and institutions nationwide. For those who choose to lead congregations, their choices of pulpits have included large and small synagogues in many denominations, and range from some of the oldest and most established to newer, more entrepreneurial communities.

The AJRCA Clergy and Alumni Association (CAA), a professional organization of our graduates, sustains an enriching lifelong connection between alumni and the Academy. The CAA’s purpose is to further the excellence of the Academy by fostering an enduring and mutually beneficial relationship. As a professional association, it includes a code of ethics by which its members must abide, in accordance with requirements of most professional clergy associations. As an alumni support group, it offers a supportive community as each graduate faces the challenges of making Judaism more meaningful and relevant in today’s society. Alumni help one another to find resources to support their spiritual development and growth in leadership skills, while also creating a collegial forum for scholarly interchange.

Click the faces below to learn about select alumni from our Rabbical, Cantorial and Chaplaincy programs and for more information about our alumni, and the CAA, visit the organization’s website. Scroll down for a full list of our alumni and a snapshot of the institutions where they currently serve.

Our Alumni

First NameLast NameGrad YearProgram
Marsha RonnieAbrams2013Chaplaincy
AbrahamAlpert2017Rabbinic
AmyAltshuld2010Chaplaincy
MaritaAnderson2016Chaplaincy
MarshaAttie2014Cantorial
TsviBar-David2007Rabbinic
MichaelBarclay2007Rabbinic
PhilBaron2005Cantorial
DavidBaron2012Rabbinic
WendyBat-Sarah2014Cantorial
BirdieBecker2010Rabbinic
RuthBelonsky2006Chaplaincy
Julia WattsBelser2006Rabbinic
AlexanderBerkovich2014Cantorial
SBernstein2013Cantorial
ElishevaBeyer2006Rabbinic
JanetBieber2005Rabbinic
BonnieBlafkin Leopold2007Chaplaincy
Lily CaplanBlum2016Cantorial
BennettBlum2007Rabbinic
Lily CaplanBlum2018Rabbinic
NeilBlumofe2009Rabbinic
LisaBock2012Rabbinic
Robert ErwinBonem2008Rabbinic
EfratBrayer2014Chaplaincy
LynnBrody Slome2005Rabbinic
RandallBrown2011Rabbinic
PaulBuch2005Cantorial
FranBurgess2012Cantorial
MeredithCahn2010Rabbinic
Marlene DeeCantorialer2015Chaplaincy
ShanaChandler Leon2015Rabbinic
Sharon EveColbert2009Cantorial
CorinneCopnick2014Rabbinic
KyleCotler2015Cantorial
KyleCotler2016Rabbinic
Muriel JDance2011Chaplaincy
Florence LoisDann2017Rabbinic
Marcy GelbDelbick2009Rabbinic
Dianne AlynnElliot2006Rabbinic
AnthonyElman2007Rabbinic
D’vorahEpstein2006Chaplaincy
Avivah WinocurErlick2009Rabbinic
SethEttinger2014Cantorial
JohnFaulkner Guest2018Cantorial
AndrewFeig2007Rabbinic
MarcusFeldman2011Cantorial
SteveFinley2009Rabbinic
Tannoz BahremandForuzanfar2009Cantorial
LoneeFrailich2011Cantorial
Shira KaplanFreidlin2017Rabbinic
DanielFriedman2017Cantorial
Jonathan LFriedmann2010Cantorial
TsipiGabai2003Rabbinic
ShukiGabbai2014Chaplaincy
ElihuGevirtz2012Rabbinic
SaraGilbert2006Rabbinic
MarianaGindlin2015Rabbinic
JoshuaGinsberg Margo2017Rabbinic
Susan BGoldberg2012Rabbinic
IlanaGoldhaber-Gordon2013Rabbinic
RachelGoldman2014Cantorial
MarkGoodman2007Rabbinic/Cantorial
Claire EGorfinkel2011Chaplaincy
DovGottesfeld2013Rabbinic
GuyGreene2005Rabbinic
JudyGreenfeld2004Cantorial
Cantor JudithGreenfeld2016Rabbinic
Miriam EHamrell2003Rabbinic
RitaHertzberg2010Rabbinic
CeciliaHerzfeld2011Rabbinic
Jessica NHutchings2014Cantorial
Debbie DubinIsrael2009Rabbinic
SuzanneIssler2018MJS
Carl DJacobs2016MJS
Mitzi EllenJacobson Schwarz2017Chaplaincy
MinKantrowitz2004Rabbinic
WilliamKaplan2016Rabbinic
DeanKertesz2008Rabbinic
Julian AlexanderKing2018Rabbinic
JulieKozlow2007Rabbinic
Stephanie RachelKupfer2018Cantorial
AllisonLawton2017Rabbinic
LornaLembeck2009Cantorial
Arthur JoelLevine2009Rabbinic
RonLi-Paz2013Rabbinic
BethLieberman2015Rabbinic
RobertLifson2010Chaplaincy
JeffreyLipschultz2007Rabbinic
StephenMacht2013Chaplaincy
JanetMadden2011Rabbinic
Alicia FleissigMagal2003Rabbinic
PaulaMarcus2004Rabbinic
OsnatMargalith2007Cantorial
OsnatMargalith2008Rabbinic
BryceMegdal2015MJS
Janice RoseMehring2010Rabbinic
BelleMichael2013Rabbinic
YochevedMintz2004Rabbinic
RebekahMirsky2010Cantorial
MalkaMittelman2006Rabbinic
SusanNanus2014Rabbinic
Avraham AviNavah2006Rabbinic
Jennifer EavesNye2013Chaplaincy
LauraOwens2008Rabbinic
Lisa RuthPeicott2018Cantorial
NinaPerlmutter2009Rabbinic
RobinPodolsky2013Rabbinic
LoriReisman Patterson2015Cantorial
SarahRensin2015Rabbinic
EvaRobbins2004Cantorial
EvaRobbins2015Rabbinic
EdwardRobin2010Cantorial
IraRosenfeld2008Rabbinic
Sandra LeeRosenstein2016Rabbinic
MarkRotenberg2007Rabbinic
Michael BenjaminSalonius2017Chaplaincy
Deborah ShiraSchmidt2014Chaplaincy
LoriSchneide Shapiro2010Rabbinic
LawrenceSeidman2009Rabbinic
LindaSeidman2010Rabbinic
BruceShapiro2017Cantorial
LauraShapiro Young2010Chaplaincy
BonnieSharfman2005Rabbinic
ArinnaShelby2008Rabbinic
JaySherwood2009Rabbinic
YisraelaSherwood Tubman2012Rabbinic
Paul FranklinShleffar2006Rabbinic
HarrisShore2008Cantorial
Adam BrianSiegel2014Chaplaincy
MeekaSimerly2009Cantorial
Cantor MeekaSimerly2016Rabbinic
PamelaSimmons2010Cantorial
Barbara JoySinger2009Chaplaincy
BruceSkolnick2016Rabbinic
Mindie JoSnyder2015Rabbinic
JudithSommerstein2006Chaplaincy
JonathanStav2006MJS
Michelle BiderStone2018Cantorial
RobinSudakow Hoffman (Foonberg)2013Rabbinic
FaithTessler2008Rabbinic
BatshirTorchio2013Rabbinic
MontyTurner2005Rabbinic
ElizaWaltzman2009Cantorial
Wynne RyserWaugaman2016Rabbinic
CherylWeiner2007Rabbinic
Robert M.Weiser2011Chaplaincy
LizzieWeiss2015Cantorial
CheriWeiss2018Cantorial
Candace LeighWuhrman2015Chaplaincy
LiatYardeni-Funk2006Rabbinic
Melvin AlexanderYoung2017Rabbinic
Meagan LeighYudell2018Chaplaincy
Rebeccah Ilana BirkenYussman2017Cantorial
BarbaraZacky2009Rabbinic
SarahZerbib-Berda2015Cantorial

Where They Serve

Given their unique transdenominational training, Rabbis, Cantors, and Chaplains who graduate from the Academy work in a variety of denominational and transdenominational synagogues, organizations, and institutions nationwide. The following is a representative list:

PULPITS PULPITS continued CHAPLAINCY/SPIRITUAL CARE
Conservative Trans/Postdenominational/Unaffiliated/Other Alta Bates Summit Med. Ctr., Berkeley, CA
Beth Shalom of Whittier, Whittier, CA Ahavat Torah Congregation, Los Angeles, CA Beit T'shuvah, Los Angeles, CA
B'nai Israel Congregation, Wilmington, NC Beth Israel Congregation, Greeley, CO California Dept. of Corrections, San Quentin, CA
Congregation Agudas Achim, Austin, TX Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City, CA Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid, Broomall, PA Congregation B'nai Horin, Los Angeles, CA Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, Congregation Kehillah of Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Miami, FL
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Congregation Shir Chadash, Lakewood, CA Jewish Federation & Family Services of O.C.,
Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, Los Angeles, CA Congregation Shir Shalom, Sonoma, CA Irvine, CA
Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, CA Congregation N'vay Shalom, Los Angeles, CA Jewish Healing Center of L.A., Los Angeles, CA
Temple Beth Israel, Highland Park, CA Jewish Community & Learning Center, Sunland, CA Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa, CA
Temple Beth Sholom, Temecula, CA Jewish Community of Sedona & Verde Valley, L.A. Community Chaplaincy Services, L.A., CA
Temple Ner Tamid, San Francisco, CA Sedona, AZ Ohr HaTorah, Los Angeles, CA
Temple Ramat Zion, Northridge, CA Lev Chadash, Chino Valley, AZ Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, Pasadena, CA
Valley Beth Israel, Sun Valley, CA Nachshon Minyan, Encino, CA P.E.C. Hospice, Garden Grove, CA
Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA North Valley Jewish Comm. Assoc., Phoenix, AZ Providence St. John's Med. Ctr., Santa Monica, CA
  Open Temple, Venice, CA Providence St. Joseph Med. Ctr., Bubank, CA
Conservative/Reform Temple Beth Or, Reno, NV Providence Tarzana Med. Ctr., Tarzana, CA
Congregation Beth Shalom, Sioux City, IA Temple Ner Simcha, Agoura Hills, CA Serenity Manor East, Beach Lake, PA
Congregation Kol Ami, Salt Lake City, UT Temple Shalom of South Bay, Hermosa Beach, CA Skirball Hospice, Encino, CA
  Tri-City Jewish Center, Rock Island, IL Valley Outreach Synagogue, Calabasas, CA
Humanistic Valley Outreach Synagogue, Calabasas, CA Vintage Westwood Horizons, Los Angeles, CA
Adat Chaverim, Encino, CA Zimrat Yah, Santa Barbara, CA  
    ACADEMIA
Reconstructionist / Renewal JEWISH EDUCATION Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Congregation P'nai Tikvah, Las Vegas, NV Adat Chaverim, Encino, CA Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Makom Ohr Shalom, Encino, CA Beit Kulam, Sherwood Forest, CA Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, CA
Wholly Present, A Center for Embodied Spirituality,
El Sobrante, CA
Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts, Beverly Hills, CA  
El Sobrante, CA B'nai Havurah, Denver, CO OTHER
  Congregation B'nai Israel, Tustin, CA Camp JCA Shalom, Malibu, CA
Reform Congregation Tikvat Jacob, Manhattan Beach, CA Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles, CA
Beit Knesset BaMidbar, Las Vegas, NV Growing In Wisdom Initiative, West Hills, CA Shalom Institute, Malibu, CA
Congregation Emanu-El, Houston, TX Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, CA  
Congregation Emanu El, Redlands, CA Jewish Community High School of the Bay,  
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA  
Congregation Emeth, Morgan Hill, CA Jewish Day School of Metro. Seattle, Bellevue, WA  
Congregation Lev Shalom, Flagstaff, AZ Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades, CA  
Congregation Ner Tamid, Henderson, NV Melton School of Adult Learning, Los Angeles, CA  
Congregation Ohr Tzafon, Atascadero, CA Miami CAJE, Miami, FL  
Jewish Communities of the Desert, Ohr Echad/HomeShul, Agoura Hills, CA  
Desert Hot Springs, CA Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles, CA  
North Shore Synagogue, Syosset, NY Tehiyah Day School, El Cerrito, CA  
Stephen Wise Temple, Los Angeles, CA Valley Beth Israel, Sun Valley, CA  
Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA Yeshivat Yavneh, Los Angeles, CA  
Temple Beth El, Aptos, CA    
Temple Beth El, Salinas, CA JEWISH COMMUNAL LEADERSHIP  
Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond, CA California Lutheran Univ., Thousand Oaks, CA  
Temple Beth Israel, Pomona, CA Chevra Kadisha of Northern Arizona  
Temple Beth Tikvah, Wayne, NJ Masorti Olami, Washington D.C.  
Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills, CA Sandra Caplan Beit Din, Culver City, CA  
Temple Emanuel, Pueblo, CO Shutafim, New Mexico Jewish Connections,  
Temple Havurat Emet, Chandler, AZ Albaquerque, NM  
Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, CA    
Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles, CA