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Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, CA

Cantorial Ordination (expected in 2024)

Thesis: "Nusach San Diego: A Model for the Re-Regionalization of Nusach Ha-T'filah"

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA

Rabbinic Ordination (2017)

Capstone: “TXTing the Text: Creating a Model For A New Translation of Torah”

Masters of Arts, Jewish Education (2015)

Masters Concentration in Israel Education (iCenter for Israel Education; 2015)

Masters of Arts, Hebrew Letters (2014)

University of California, Davis

BA Political Science (2008)

Minor: Religious Studies


Associate Rabbi, Cantor-elect - Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA - 2017-present

Moments: Countless baby namings, brises, b'nei mitzvah, weddings, funerals, and other Jewish life-cycle events. Developed and implemented unique courses in religious school, including new 7th grade classroom & t'filah curricula and 10th grade Confirmation class. Director of Curriculum for one year of the religious school, reinvigorating our PK-12 curriculum. Teaching also includes: adult Torah study, introduction to Judaism, courses on Psalms, Ruth, modern Jewish thought, Esther, and more.

Media: Producer role for expanding virtual offerings. Developed virtual t'filah experiences which enable those who join virtually to participate as fully as those who are in attendance. Increase using media as a tool to achieve our mission. Other examples include Youtube playlists for upcoming special events and services, and developing video tutorials for prayers targeting b'nei mitzvah & intro to Judaism students.

Music: Developed RS & PS music curricula. Worked with variety of bands, choirs, and clergy partners in a variety of musical roles. Streamlined music organization within the community.

Student Rabbi & Music Director - Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood, CA - 2013-2017

Designed visual t’filah, enhanced social media, audio & video production. Wrote & delivered impassioned and impactful sermons. Regularly audited services to ensure meeting spiritual and practical goals. Developed an inclusive musical culture. Led & organized music for Shabbat, holiday, & High Holiday services. Organized & led adult retreat with lay leadership. 

Rabbinic Intern - Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA - 2016-2017

Led Shabbat & B’nai Mitzvah services as a member of the clergy team. Led Shabbat Torah study. Led pre-school in weekly Havdalah. Taught 7th grade t’filah, 7th grade core (Ritual theory & Practice), Confirmation (Jewish Expressionism), High School elective (TXTing the Text).

Clinical Pastoral Education - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA - 2015

Leffell Israel Rabbinic Student Fellow & National Counsel Member - AIPAC - 2015-2017

Student Rabbi - Temple Beth Israel, Redding, CA - 2012-2013

Part-time Rabbi in small Jewish community; led services, adult text study, holiday rituals, mentored two b’nai mitzvah students.

Summer Rabbinic Intern - Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA - 2012

Developed & designed new prayer book for monthly Kabbalat Shabbat  service.

Youth Director, Head Song Leader, Educator - Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA - 2008-2011

Increased participation in events by 30% while adding depth throughout three youth groups (grades 4-12). Developed youth leaders. Music leader & teacher for religious school t’filot, song sessions, and camp retreats (grades 3-7). Developed and implemented music curriculum & trained three youth song leaders. Taught core & elective classes in post-b’nai mitzvah program. Assisted in rebuilding 20-30s program.

Religious & Cultural VP - NFTY, North America - 2004-2005

Managed North American network of regional RCVPs. Served as Junior Faculty at URJ Kutz Camp.


Education Intern - Bureau of Jewish Education, Orange County, CA - 2014-2015

Designed & implemented “Young Philanthropy” high school program; 8th grade unit head at weekend retreats.

Rabbinic Student Intern - DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching), HUC-JIR - 2014

Planned, mentored, & led t'filot for future Jewish Day School teachers; planned cumulative events/programs including paper & digital design. 

Multi-modal Educator (K-12) - Temple Judea, Tarzana, CA - 2012-2014

Song leader, 6th grade Hebrew; 11-12th grade core, High School electives (TXTing the Text & Jewish Identity Through Film).


Song Leader "Tiny T'filah" - University Synagogue, Brentwood, CA - 2013-2017

Engaged young families & deepened ties to the congregation through on-site & off-site Saturday morning program.

Featured Performer & Song Leader - URJ Biennial - 2007, 2009, 2013

Song Leader - Birkat Shalom on Kibbutz Gezer, Israel - 2011-2012

Led monthly program for special-needs youth along with community’s Shabbat services.

Featured Song Leader - NFTY North American Convention - 2007

Song Leader (Head from ’06-’08) - URJ Camp Newman - 2005-2008

Managed and led a staff that used Jewish music as an educational device in the setting of a thriving summer camp.  Served as liaison between staff and camp faculty.  Taught song leading and liturgy courses throughout the summer to high school age participants.

Cantorial Soloist - Northern California Synagogues - 2004-2008

Led music (and in the absence of the Rabbi, full services) for Shabbat and B’nai Mitzvah services, and synagogue retreats (Congregation Bet Haverim, Davis; Rodef Shalom, San Rafael; Temple Beth Israel, Fresno; Temple Or Shalom, Orangevale).  Developed and implemented religious school music programs at Congregation Bet Haverim and Temple Or Shalom.



“Hatikvah: A Documentary about One Aspect of Israel” - Producer, Director, Editor - 2015

Highlights the rich, nuanced, and vibrant conversation in Israel about their national anthem, structured as a model to for how to have a healthy, loving conversation about Israel. 

The Book of Purim” - Producer, Director, Editor, Writer - 2015

Parody of the musical, “The Book of Mormon.” Currently with over 100,000 YouTube views. 

Israbel Films - Co-founder - 2008-present

Created, from concept to filming to finished product, videos for B’nai Mitzvah, weddings, anniversary & birthday parties, synagogue & corporate events, instructional, promotional, & creative videos.


Birkon Midash M’at: NFTY’s Bencher (Editor). URJ Press, 2005. (print, ebook, app)

Compiled & edited the Reform Movement’s first Bencher, a small book of prayers and blessings. 


Active blog on Times of Israel.

Sample articles: “Religious Schools are Not Immune - The Startling Low Rate of Vaccine Polices in Jewish Schools,” “A Prayer of Gratitude for Marriage Equality,” “The Tohu Vavohu of Gun Violence,” & “The Rabbi Eats a Bacon Cheeseburger?”

“How Do Israelis Feel About their National Anthem?“

The Forward, 7 Sept. 2016.

“Chaveirai n’vareich - Let’s Praise Birkon Mikdash M’at: NFTY’s Bencher.”

10 Minutes of Torah. URJ Blog, 11 Nov. 2014.

Adding Extras to Birkat Hamazon.”

10 Minutes of Torah. URJ Blog, 24 Apr. 2005. 

Featured Musician

“Salaam Achshav.” On album Ruach 5771. Transcontinental Music, 2009.

Shiron L’gan: Jewish Songs for Children Ages 2-5. Transcontinental Music, 1997.

Original Jewish Music

Neshama Yetera - Additional Soul (2011 & 2013) Composer, lyricist, producer.

Let it Happen (2009) Composer, lyricist, producer.

Live @ Temple Or Rishon (2008) Composer, lyricist, producer.

A Blessing in Disguise…. (2006) Composer, lyricist, producer.