Alumni

Alumni

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

The  AJRCA Clergy and Alumni Association is a professional organization of our graduates. As an alumni organization, it sustains an enriching lifelong connection between alumni and the Academy, whose 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.

2015-16  OFFICERS:

Co-Presidents:   Chaplain Muriel Dance and Rabbi Janet Madden

Secretary: Chaplain Claire Gorfinkel

Treasurer: Cantor Ed Robin

Board Representative: Chaplain Muriel Dance

 

The following are graduates of AJRCA’s Rabbinical, Cantorial and Chaplaincy Schools and our Master of Jewish Studies programs:

Ronnie-Abrams

Chaplain Ronnie Abrams (2013) serves as Chaplain at the Jewish Healing Center of Los Angeles (JHCLA) in Los Angeles. mra@pacbell.net.


Anderson, MaritaChaplain Marita Anderson
(2016) is continuing her chaplaincy studies in residency in Atlanta, Georgia.  marita.anderson@gmail.com.

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Chaplain Amy S. Altshuld (2010) serves as a Chaplain and Spiritual Care Counselor at Skirball Hospice, a program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, and teaches Jewish studies to seniors at Westwood Horizons Retirement Living. aaltshuld@roadrunner.com.

Attie Marsha 2014Hazzan Marsha Attie (2014) serves as Cantor at Congregation Emanu-El, a Reform congregation in San Francisco that is one of the two oldest congregations in California. ooweh@aol.com

TannozBahremandHazzan Tannoz Bahremand Forunzanfar (2009) is the first Persian woman to be ordained as a Cantor in the United States. She now serves as a Cantor at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air, California. tannozbahremand@aol.com

Michael-BarclayRabbi Michael Barclay (2007) serves as Rabbi of Temple Ner Simcha in Agoura Hills, California. He is a recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the B’nai Zion Foundation, and author of Sacred Relationships:  Biblical Wisdom for Deepening Our Lives Together. RabbiBarclay@aol.com

TsviBarDavidRabbi Tsvi Bar David, PhD (2008) produces and performs in sacred ecstatic concerts and participatory chanting, with a variety of musicians and spiritual leaders, predominantly in the San Francisco Bay area.  tsvi.bardavid@gmail.com

David-Baron_2012Rabbi David Baron (2012) works in his primary profession in the high tech industry, driving innovation developed by Hewlett-Packard teams in Israel. He teaches in the San Diego Jewish community. baronster@gmail.com.

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Hazzan Phillip Baron (2005) serves as Hazzan at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS), a Conservative congregation in Encino, California. pbaron@vbs.org.

Bat-Sarah Wendy 2014

Hazzan Wendy Bat-Sarah (2014) serves as Cantor/Educator of Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City. CantorBatSarah@gmail.com

ROBERTA-BECKER

Rabbi Roberta “Birdie” Becker (2010)serves as Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, a Reform congregation in Pueblo, CO. She is also Program Director for “Storahtelling Colorado.”  rabbibirdie@gmail.com.

BelonskyChaplain Ruth Belonsky (2006), a Board-Certified Chaplain (APC), serves as Jewish and Interfaith Chaplain at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, California. ruthbelonsky@gmail.com.

Watts Belser JuliaRabbi Julia Watts Belser, PhD (2007) is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Georgetown University.   juliawattsbelser@gmail.com

Berkovitch AlexanderHazzan Alexander Berkovich (2014) serves as Cantor at Hollywood Temple Beth El, one of the oldest congregations in Los Angeles and a modern Conservative congregation. cantorberkovich@gmail.com

Sandy-Bernstein

Hazzan Sandy Bernstein (2013) serves as Hazzan at Congregation Beth El Ner Tamid, a Conservative synagogue in Broomall, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia). HazzanSBernstein@gmail.com.

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Rabbi Elisheva Beyer (2006) is the founding Rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Reno, Nevada; serves as spiritual leader of the Jewish Community of Elko County (JCEC), a Conservative congregation in Elko, Nevada; and is Rabbi of  North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation in Tahoe Vista, California. redsunrize@yahoo.com.

Janet_Bieber-ALUM_2012_smRabbi Janet Bieber (2005) is Rabbi and Director of Education at The Jewish Community and Learning Center of the Foothills, serving an area from Tujunga to La Canada, California. Jbieber1155@aol.com.
BennettBlumRabbi Bennett Blum, MD (2007) created The Caring Clergy Resource Association which is dedicated to addressing the psychological and spiritual needs of family caregivers. He continues working in his primary medical forensic practice. BennettBlum@aol.com.
Blum, Lily CaplanCantor Lily Caplan Blum (2016) serves as Cantor/Educator at Temple Shalom of the South Bay, Hermosa Beach, CA, where her duties will include directing the Religious School.  She is also continuing her studies at AJRCA in the Rabbinical School.  Ltash925@gmail.com
Neil-BlumofeRabbi Neil Blumofe (2009) serves as the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Agudas Achim, in Austin, Texas, a position that he has held since 1998. He also received ordination as Cantor and later as Rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary. rabbi@caa-austin.org.

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Rabbi Lisa W. Bock (2012) teaches in the Florence Melton School of the West Valley, and is a facilitator with the Mussar Institute.  lisabock@sbcglobal.net.

Bonem RobRabbi Rob Bonem (2008) serves as Interim Rabbi at the Jewish Home, Reseda, CA.
Brayer Efrat Greenstein 2014Chaplain Efrat Brayer (2014) serves as a chaplain at the Jewish Healing Center, at PEC Hospice, and at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California. worldmask@yahoo.com.
lynn-brodyRabbi Lynn Brody Slome (2005) is a member of the Board of Governors of the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din as well as an active board member of SHARE, a non-profit organization, which funds facilities for developmentally and physically disabled, abused, and at-risk children. rabbilynn@usa.net
Randall-Brown-RabRabbi Randall Brown (2010) is Rabbi/Chaplain of Fort Belvoir Congregation and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. rabbirandybrown@gmail.com.

Buch Paul 2005

Hazzan Paul Buch (2005) serves as Cantor of Temple Beth Israel, a Union for Reform Judaism-affiliated synagogue in Pomona, California. cantor@tbipomona.org.

 

 

Frances-N.-Burgess_2012Hazzan Frances N. Burgess (2012) is serving as Cantor of Temple Beth Hillel, a Reform congregation in Richmond, California, and is guest cantor at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley for 2014-15. franbur2@gmail.com.
Meredith-CahnRabbi Meredith Cahn (2011) serves as Jewish Chaplain at Alta-Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, CA.   She was formerly Director of the Community School for Jewish Learning in Petaluma, CA. meredith@rebmeredith.net.


Canter, Marlene 2015Chaplain Marlene Canter 
(2015) serves as Chair of the AJRCA Board of Directors. marlenedcanter@gmail.com.
Cohn Catherine (Mummert)Rabbi Catherine Mummert Cohn (2015) is serving as a chaplaincy in residence in Long Beach, CA.

SharonColbert

Hazzan Sharon Colbert (2009) is Cantor of Temple Beth Am, a Reform congregation with over 500 member families in Williamsville, New York (a suburb of Buffalo). cantor.colbert@bethambuffalo.org.

 

 

 

Copnick, CorinneRabbi Corinne Copnick (2015) creates learning experiences for communities in many settings, ranging from teaching small groups to serving as rabbi on cruises.  She also continues working as a writer and editor.  ccopnick@gmail.com

 

 

 

Kyle CotlerRabbi and Hazzan Kyle Cotler (2016, 2015) serves as Cantor at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, Long Island, New York.  kcotler@ajrca.edu.

Muriel-Dance

Chaplain Muriel Dance, PhD (2011) serves as Chaplain at Skirball Hospice, a program of the Jewish Home for the Aging. . Muriel_d@msn.com.

MarcyDelbick

Rabbi Marcy Delbick (2009) serves as Rabbi of Temple Beth El, a Reform congregation in Salinas, California.  mgdelbick@aol.com

AvivahWinocurErlick

Rabbi Avivah W. Erlick, B.C.C. (2009) is the founder and president of L.A. Community Chaplaincy Services, a referral service for freelance chaplains and clergy. She is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. rabbiavivah@lacommunitychaplaincy.com.

Elliot

Rabbi Diane Elliot (2006) directs Wholly Present, a center for embodied Jewish spirituality, in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founding director of the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal’s “Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body” movement-based Jewish leadership training program. She also teaches nationally and serves as a spiritual director. www.whollypresent.org / rabbi.diane18@gmail.com.

AnthonyElmanRabbi Anthony Elman (2007) served as the Rabbi of the Grancell Village campus of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging until his retirement in 2014. aelman1335@gmail.com.

Ettinger Seth 2014

Hazzan Seth Ettinger (2014) is Hazzan Sheini at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest congregation in Los Angeles. sethettinger@aol.com.

FeigRabbi Andrew Feig (2007) is School Rabbi at Sinai Akiba Academy, a K-8 Solomon Schechter day school for over 500 students, affiliated with Sinai Temple, a Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles. Rabbi Feig is also a professor of Jewish Education at AJRCA. afeig@sinaitemple.org.

Marcus-Feldman

Hazzan Marcus Feldman (2011), serves as Cantor of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. mfeldman@sinaitemple.org

SteveFinley

Rabbi Steve Finley (2009) serves as Rabbi of Congregation Shir Shalom, an independent congregation in Sonoma, California. stefinley@yahoo.com.

Lonee-Frailich

Hazzan Lonee Frailich (2011) is the first full-time professional Cantor in the history of Temple Akiba, a 330- family Reform congregation in Culver City, California. cantorlonee@templeakiba.net.

Jonathan-Friedmann-CantHazzan Jonathan L. Friedmann, PhD (2010) serves as Community Leader and Education Director at Adat Chaverim—Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Los Angeles. He is also professor of Jewish Music History at AJRCA, and music editor of the Western States Jewish History Journal. jfriedmann2000@ajrca.edu

gabai

Rabbi Tsipi Gabai (2003) is Rabbi of Tehiya Day School in El Cerrito, CA, hamsa5@aol.com.

Gabbai Yehoshua 2014

Chaplain Yehoshua Gabbai (2014), an ordained Rabbi, serves as head of the Hebrew department at Yeshivat Yavneh, an Orthodox day school in Los Angeles, where he uses chaplaincy skills in relations with students and co-workers. sgabbai@aol.com.

 

 

Elihu-Gevirtz_2012Rabbi Elihu Gevirtz (2013) is co-founder of Zimrat Yah, a new spiritual community in Santa Barbara, California, where he is also a senior botanist and biologist for URS, a consulting firm. elihu.m.gevirtz@gmail.com.
GilbertRabbi Sara Lonstein Gilbert (2006) serves as Rabbi of Beth Israel Congregation in Greeley, Colorado, an unaffiliated congregation. sgilbert772@msn.com.

Susan-Goldberg_2012

Rabbi Susan Goldberg (2012) is a Rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest synagogue in Los Angeles. rabbisusan@wbtla.org.

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Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon (2013) is a member of the faculty of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, a community school for about 400 students in Palo Alto, California.  ilana@post.harvard.edu.

Goldman Rachel 2014

Hazzan Rachel Goldman (2014) is continuing her studies toward rabbinical ordination at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. rachelcarriegoldman@gmail.com.

 

 

MarkGoodmanRabbi and Hazzan Mark Goodman (2007) serves as spiritual leader of Valley Beth Israel, a Conservative synagogue Sun Valley, California. He also serves as adjunct professor of Jewish history and religion at Los Angeles Valley College.  marksgoodman@yahoo.com.

Claire-Gorfinkel

Chaplain Claire Gorfinkel (2011) serves on the staff of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center as coordinator of the Caring Community Program, providing programs and added attention for congregants and unaffiliated Jews in the Pasadena area who are home-bound, ill, bereaved, caring for a loved one or experiencing other transitions. cgorfinkel@earthlink.net.

Dov-GottesfeldRabbi Dov Gottesfeld (2013) serves as a Fellow Rabbi at Ahavat Torah Congregation in Brentwood, California. dovgottesfeld@gmail.com.
greeneRabbi Guy Greene (2005) serves as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom, a Conservative/Reform synagogue in Sioux City, Iowa. RabbiGreene@aol.com.
Greenfeld JudithRabbi and Hazzan Judy Greenfeld (2016, 2004) is the spiritual leader and founder of the Nachshon Minyan, a community based in Encino, California, that reaches out to the unaffiliated.  cantorgreenfeld@gmail.com.
hamrellRabbi Miriam Hamrell (2003) the founding Rabbi of Ahavat Torah Congregation, a Conservative/Reform community in Brentwood, California. hamuda133@aol.com.

Rita-Hertzberg-Rab

Rabbi Rita Hertzberg (2010) served as Rabbi of the Eisenberg Village Campus of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging until her retirement in 2015. She was the first woman rabbi in the Jewish Home’s almost 100-year history. rabbirita@gmail.com.

Cecilia-Herzfeld-SternRabbi Cecilia Herzfeld-Stern (2011) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in North San Diego County. She also serves as a Disaster Mental Health and Spiritual Care Counselor for the San Diego Red Cross Mass Disaster Team.  tiknet18@sbcglobal.net.

Robin-Hoffman

Rabbi Robin Foonberg (2013) is Director of Jewish Education at Congregation B’nai Israel, a Conservative congregation of about 500 member families in Tustin, CA. ravrobin613@gmail.com.

Hutchings Jessica 2014

Hazzan Jessica Hutchings (2014) serves as Cantor of Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas.jessihutchings@gmail.com.

 

 

 

DebbieIsraelRabbi Debbie Israel (2009) serves as Rabbi of Congregation Emeth, a Reform-affiliated congregation in Morgan Hill, California, serving the South Valley area that includes Gilroy, Hollister, Aromas, and South San Jose. rabbidebbieisrael@gmail.com.
Jacobs, Carl David 2016Carl David Jacobs (MJS, 2016) completed his Master’s degree with a specialization  in Music in Jewish Life and will continue to practice as a cantorial soloist in the Southern California region. Cdjinla013@gmail.com
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min-kantrowitz09Rabbi Min Kantrowitz (2004) is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, teaches regularly about CryptoJews and Conversos of New Mexico for Road Scholar/Elderhostel and has private students. She directed the New Mexico Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program for 12 years, serving unaffiliated Jews throughout the state.  She blogs monthly on Wisdom Daily website and is the author of Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide. RabbiMinKantrowitz@gmail.com.
Kaplan William Matthew 2016Rabbi Bill Kaplan (2016) is Executive Director of Shalom Institute, a multi-dimensional community education project and summer camp in Malibu.

DeanKertesz

Rabbi Dean Kertesz (2008) serves as Rabbi of Temple Beth Hillel, a Reform congregation in Richmond, California. rabbi@templebethhillelrichmond.org.

 

 

KozlowRabbi Julie Kozlow (2007) serves as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Greenville, South Carolina.  elishevah@aol.com.

Cantor-Lorna-Lembeck

Hazzan Lorna Lembeck (2009) serves as Hazzan Sheini for Temple Isaiah, a Reform congregation in Los Angeles.  Cantorlorna@templeisaiah.com.

Leon, ShanaRabbi Shana Chandler Leon (2015) teaches privately in Los Angeles.  She served as cantor for ten years at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, CA. rabbishanachandlerleon@gmail.com
Bonnie_Leopold  Chaplain Bonnie Leopold (2007) is in private practice as a spiritual counselor, grief counselor and spiritual director. chaplainbonnieL@aol.com

ArthurLevineRabbi Arthur Levine, PhD, JD (2009) follows the ancient model of practicing a trade or profession – he is an attorney – while studying and teaching Judaism, helping to build and support caring Jewish communities, serving the Jewish non-affiliated, and assisting other rabbis. rabbiartlevine@gmail.com.

 

IMG_3804 (533x800)Rabbi Beth Lieberman (2015) is the Executive Editor of the CCAR Press. She also serves as Director of the Growing in Wisdom Initiative at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, CA and as an adult educator at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. She has been involved in the publication of more than 500 books, with a deep specialty in those which interpret the texts of our tradition through the lens of today’s values, thought, and culture. liebermanedit@socal.rr.com 

 

Li-PazRabbi Ron Li-Paz (2013) is Rabbi and Cantor of Valley Outreach Synagogue, an independent congregation of 650 families, in Woodland Hills, California. lipazron@gmail.com.
Lifson Robert 2011Chaplain Robert Lifson z”l (2010) served the needs of the elderly in residential facilities such as Center Point West Nursing Home, Hallmark Cheviot Hills Assisted Living, and Silverado Los Angeles Hospice which specializes in Alzheimer’s and other dementias. May his memory be for a blessing.
JeffreyLipschultzRabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz (2007) is the Rabbi at Tri City Jewish Center in Rock Island Illinois, a conservative synagogue. DVJewish@rof.net.
EpsteinChaplain D’vorah Epstein McDonald (2006) serves as a Board Certified Chaplain at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, where she is a member of the bioethics committee and Site Coordinator for the Clinical Pastoral Education program. D’vorah.McDonald@providence.org.
Stephen-MachtChaplain Stephen Macht (2013) serves as the Chaplain of Creative Arts Temple, a transdenominational congregation in Beverly Hills with 800 members; he specializes in life cycle events. Curlenjik@gmail.com.

Janet-Madden

Rabbi Janet Madden, PhD (2011) is a Spiritual Care Counselor at Skirball Hospice, a program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, and serves as Rabbi of Temple Havurat Emet, a 90-household Reform congregation in Sun Lakes, Arizona.   rabbijanet@gmail.com.

 

magalRabbi Alicia Magal (2003) serves as rabbi of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, an unaffiliated synagogue in Sedona, Arizona.  RebAmalia@aol.com and RabbiMagal@jcsvv.org.
marcusRabbi Paula Marcus (2004) is Rabbi and Congregational Cantor at Temple Beth El, a Union for Reform Judaism-affiliated congregation in Aptos, California. paulamarcus@sbcglobal.net

 

 

OsnatMargalithRabbi and Hazzan Osnat Margalith (2008, 2007) is Rabbi of Beth Shalom of Whittier, an unaffiliated congregation. rabbiosnat@gmail.com.
Megdal, BryceBryce Megdal (2015) completed her MJS with a specialization in Music in Jewish Life, and is continuing as a student in the Cantorial School. bmegdal@ajrca.edu.

Janice-MehringRabbi Janice Mehring (2010) is Rabbi of Congregation Ohr Tzafon, a Reform synagogue of about 70 families in Atascadero, California. janice.mehring@gmail.com.

Belle-MichaelRabbi Belle Michael (2013) is Campus Rabbi and Director of Hillel at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. belle.michael@gmail.com.
mintzRabbi Yocheved Mintz (2004) is Rabbi Emerita of Congregation P’nai Tikvah of Las Vegas, the only Reconstructionist/ Renewal congregation in Nevada. She is a member of AJRCA’s Board of Directors. gkmintz@aol.com.
Rebekah-Mirsky-CantHazzan Rebekah Mirsky (2010) is serving as Cantor at Kol Ami, a Reform-affiliated congregation in Los Angeles. cantorrebekah@gmail.com.
MittelmanRabbi Malka Mittelman (2006) serves as Rabbi and Spiritual Care Counselor for Skirball Hospice, a program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging; and also as Rabbi of B’nei Mishkan, a Jewish community without walls in the Los Angeles area. Malka.Mittelman@jha.org.
Nanus Susan 2014Rabbi Susan Nanus (2014) is Director of Adult Programs at the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest synagogue in Los Angeles.  snanus@wbtla.org
NavahRabbi Avraham Navah (2006) serves as a Chaplain/Rabbi at Providence Tarzana Medical Center.  avraham.navah@providence.org.

Jennifer-Eaves-Nye

Chaplain Jennifer Eaves Nye (2013) is Associate Spiritual Leader of Valley Outreach Synagogue, serving the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys, California. She is also continuing in rabbinical studies at AJRCA. chaplain.nye@vosla.org

 

 

LauraOwens

Rabbi Laura Owens (2008) is Co-Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Horin – Children of Freedom in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s oldest Renewal congregations. She currently serves as Chair of AJRCA’s Board of Directors. rabbilaura@gmail.com.

 

 

Perlmutter Nina 2009

Rabbi Nina Perlmutter (2009) retired from her position as spiritual leader of Heichal Baoranim in Flagstaff, Arizona. She remains the rabbinical contact for Jewish Services and Programs at Grand Canyon National Park and teaches at Prescott College and Yavapai College. levchadash@cableone.net.

 

 

Podolsky Robin

Rabbi Robin Podolsky (2013) teaches at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, in Los Angeles. robinpodolsky@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Reisman, Lori 2015Hazzan Lori Reisman (2015) recently married and will be taking a year off to travel during 2016.

 

 

 

Rensin, Sara 2015Rabbi Sarah Rensin (2015) serves as an educator at The Jewish Day School in Seattle, WA.  rabbirensin@gmail.com

 

 

 

Robbins Eva 2004, 2015Rabbi and Hazzan Eva Robbins (2015, 2004) is Rabbi and Cantor of Congregation N’vay Shalom (www.nvayshalom.org), a nondenominational synagogue in Los Angeles that places emphasis on spiritual and mystical studies. nvayshlm@hotmail.com.

Robin Ed 2010

Hazzan Edward L. Robin (2010) is pursuing rabbinic studies at AJRCA. Cantor Robin also serves as a substitute cantor at various synagogues throughout the Los Angeles area.  erobin@ix.netcom.com.

 

 

Rosenfeld IraRabbi Ira Rosenfeld (2008) is co-founder, Rabbi, and Educator for Or Echad (One Light) and HomeShul; serving the Conejo, San Fernando, and Santa Clarita Valleys with a pluralistic, inclusive, joyful, and musical approach to Judaism and life. rabbiira@yahoo.com.

Rosenstein, Sandra Lee 2016Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein (2016) serves as Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Temecula, CA.

Rotenberg MarkRabbi Mark Rotenberg (2007) is founder of “A Spiritual Endeavor”, in Pennsylvania, which conducts spiritual retreats for those in recovery and others. rebmdr@gmail.com.
Schmidt Deborah 2014Chaplain Deborah Schmidt (2014) is continuing her studies in Clinical Pastoral Education. haviviproductions@gmail.com.

Seidman Larry

Rabbi Lawrence P. Seidman, PhD (2009) shares the pulpit at Congregation Shalom Bayit, a Reform style synagogue in Banning, California. He also serves as a chaplain in the Orange County jail system and writes columns for the Orange County Register. Rabbi@RationalRabbi.com.

 

 

Seidman, LindaRabbi Linda Seidman (2010) shares the pulpit at Congregation Shalom Bayit, a Reform style synagogue in Banning, California. She serves as a chaplain in the Orange County jail system, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County Probation Department.  RabbiLinda@Seidman.net.

 

 

Shapiro LoriRabbi Lori Shapiro (2010) is Rabbi of The Open Temple , an independent congregation in Venice, California.   rabbilori@uschillel.org.

 

 

Sharfman BonnieRabbi Bonnie Sharfman (2005) is Rabbi of Kehillah of Arizona, an independent congregation in Scottsdale, Arizona. She founded and served as Head of School of Pardes Jewish Day School and now serves on that institution’s Board of Directors.    rabbibonnie@rabbisharfman.org.

 

 

Shelby ArinnaRabbi Arinna Shelby (2008) is Chaplain and Rabbi for Skirball Hospice, a program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. ravleahshira@gmail.com.

 

 

Sherwood Jay 2009Rabbi Jay Sherwood (2009) is Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El in Redlands, California, a Reform congregation, and the oldest Jewish community in California, tracing its roots to 1851.  rabbijay@jaysherwood.com.

Shleffar PaulRabbi Paul Shleffar (2006) is founder and Director of the Center for Contemporary Jewish Spirituality in San Francisco, and translates and interprets Hasidic and mystical texts. rabbishleffar@cfcjs.org.

 

 

Shore HarrisHazzan Harris Shore (2008) serves as Hazzan at Hollywood Temple Beth El, a progressive Conservative synagogue in West Hollywood, California.  harrisshore@sbcglobal.net.

 

 

 

Siegel Adam 2014Chaplain Adam Siegel (2014) serves as a Spiritual Counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, a residential treatment center and a full-service independent congregation in Los Angeles.siegelab@yahoo.com.

Simerly Meeka 2009

Rabbi and Hazzan Meeka Simerly (2016, 2009) serves as Rabbi of Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne, New Jersey.  She previously served as Cantor of San Jose’s Temple Emanu-El.  She is the co-author of Voices in the Wilderness – Emerging Roles of Israeli Clergywomen.  msimerly@ajrca.edu

 

 

Simmons Pamela

Hazzan Pamela Simmons (2010) serves as a Cantor at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles.  psmamamusic@aol.com.

 

 

 

Singer Barbara 2009

 Chaplain Barbara Singer(2009) works as a free-lance chaplain for pastoral care needs, including for the elderly and their families as a hospice chaplain. She also is an Adult Education teacher at Temple Beth Hillel in North Hollywood. SingerLA@aol.com.

 

 

Skolnick Bruce Roger 2016Rabbi Bruce Skolnick, M.D., Ph.D. (2016) is starting a new congregation, Torah b’Beitecha, to bring Torah learning to the homebound.  tunes1901@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

Snyder Mindie 2015

Rabbi Mindie Jo Snyder (2015) is Rabbi at Heichal Ba-Oranim, Temple of the Pines, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

 

 

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHChaplain Judith C. Sommerstein (2006) now retired, previously served as a Board Certified Chaplain at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro, California. She still sits on Providence’s bio ethics committee and does volunteer work at the Canterbury Retirement Facility in Palos Verdes facilitating groups and leading healing services at two synagogues. JudithCaro@aol.com

 

Tessler Faith 2007Rabbi Faith Tessler (2007) is the Director of Placement and Internships at AJRCA. She also serves as a rabbi to a congregation in Desert Hot Springs. rabbifaith@ajrca.org.

Torchio Batshir

Rabbi Batshir Torchio (2013) serves as Senior Educator at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center. batshir@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

Tubman Israela 2012

Rabbi Yisraela Tubman (2012) serves as Rabbi at Hallmark West Hills Assisted Living in West Hills, California. yochevedyisraela@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Turner Monty

Rabbi Monty Turner (2005) served as a cantor and as Assistant Rabbi at Makom Ohr Shalom, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in Woodland Hills, California.

 

 

Waltzmann Elisa

Hazzan Elisa Waltzman (2009) lives with her family in Long Beach, CA. elisa.waltzman@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Waugamann Wynne Ryser 2016Rabbi Wynne Waugaman (2016) is working with the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on a Jewish history exhibit, and is writing a book on the Alaska Resettlment Program.  wynne.waugaman22@gmail.com

 

 

Weiner Cheryl

Rabbi Cheryl Weiner, PhD (2007) is Staff Chaplain for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation (Florida), Director of the Refuat HaNefesh Alumni Network, and Senior Consultant for its Jewish Chaplaincy Program.cweinermh@aol.com.

 

 

 

Chaplain Robert Weiser (2011) serves as a chaplain at Skirball Hospice, a program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. robertmweiser@gmail.com.

 

Weiss Lizzie 2015 Hazzan Lizzie Weiss (2015) serves as Cantor of Temple Emanu-El of Beverly Hills, California.

 

 

 

Wuhrman Candi 2015 Chaplain Candi Wuhrman (2015) serves as Jewish Chaplain and Interfaith Chaplain at Hospice of the Valleys in Murrieta, California.

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Rabbi Liat Yardeni-Funk (2006) is Dean of the Rabbinical School at AJRCA. She also serves as  Director of Education and Rabbi for the Women’s Minyan and adult education at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, Los Angeles.  RabbiLYF@SephardicTemple.org  lfunk@ajrca.edu

Young Laura Chaplain Laura Young (2010), a Board Certified Chaplain (NAJC), is the Line Jewish Chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  ajnms@yahoo.com.

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Rabbi Barbara J. Zacky (2009) is a member of the AJRCA Board of Directors, serves on the Founders’ Council of the Williams Institute, and is a member of the JQ International Advisory Board. She provides spiritual care to families and individuals, and advocates for social justice.  bzacky1@yahoo.com

 

 

Sarah Fortman Zerbib-BerdaHazzan Sarah Fortman Zerbib-Berda (2015) serves as Cantor of Temple Beth Torah in Ventura, CA.