There is connection, then there is community. Connection allows us to interact, relate, and feel that we are not alone in this world, while community invites us to thrive, develop, and refine. Both are important, but the ultimate goal of my rabbinate is to use Judaism to build communities of growth powered by study, ritual, and action.
Study, ritual, and action are the three pillars that define my rabbinate. This foundation blossomed out of my love for academic study and writing, and has only grown as I have found its most practical applications in communal life and leadership. My love for finding new forms for traditional modes of Jewish practice and thought, and living an integrally Jewish life, inherently involves working with others on the ground. Both individually and communally, I am energized by sharing my passion and love for Jewish text and the transformational potential of our traditions. Whether it be in conversion studies with individual students, group Torah study, cultivated group spiritual practice in Jewish guided meditation, tikkun middot (spiritual ethics) groups, or meaningful prayer services, I am most energized and inspired when guiding people of all ages and life stages to connect with Jewish texts, practices, and behaviors that meet them where they are.
The end goal is not only cultivating strong, connected, and deep Jewish community. Ultimately, rich engagement with our tradition prepares us as Jews to show up in our wider community as proud and secure representatives of the Jewish people. Interfaith relationships, social action, and devotion to collective liberation in the communities in and with which we dwell are all inherent outcomes of our inner-communal development.
This website is a place where I will continue building and elaborating upon my theory and philosophy of Jewish thought, theology, history, and practice, as well as sharing ways to connect individually to our tradition. Any questions or thoughts? Please reach out via the "Contact" button above.