A roundup of what our students, alumni, and educators are doing out in the world
PRS’s first cohort becomes rabbis
Congratulations to all of our students who were ordained in December 2021! Enjoy the video below of the smicha ceremony along with a variety of photos from the event.
Students and Alumni
Rabbi Eliana Kayelle to join Keshet as Education and Training Manager
Rabbi Eliana Kayelle, PRS alum, is thrilled to accept a position with Keshet as its Bay Area Education and Training Manager. Keshet is a national organization that works for the full equality of LGBTQ+ Jews and families in Jewish life. In addition, Rabbi Eliana will continue her work with Camp Tawonga as a lead educator for the Bar, Bat, and B’nei Mitzvah program. B’hatzlacha, Rabbi Eliana!
Visit the Keshet website to learn more about this work.
Rabbi Eliana Kayelle founds organization, You Gotta Give ‘Em Torah
You Gotta Give ‘Em Torah offers an opportunity for those who wish to explore where identity, sexuality, and spirituality intersect through a Jewish lens. The three main goals are to create community, queer Judaism, and connect to body and soul. Looking to learn? Sign up for a workshop! Need a more personal space to process? Schedule a spiritual support session. Feeling empowered to explore the different parts of ourselves in a way that is spiritually and emotionally nourishing is so important. Let You Gotta Give ‘Em Torah be a place for you on this journey.
PRS alums highlighted in the Jewish News of Northern California
Rabbi Deborah Newbrun founds organization, Divorce & Discovery: A Jewish Healing Retreat
Rabbi Deborah Newbrun launches Spirit In Nature podcast
Spirit in Nature is a DOING podcast: an interactive audio guide you take with you on walks – it’s nature and spirituality through a Jewish lens (but fun and full of meaning for all!) Hosted by Rabbi Deborah Newbrun, who’s also a naturalist and outdoor Jewish educator, and produced by Sarah Lefton, media creator and founder of BimBam, the podcast brings you the best of Jewish outdoor education and a new way to connect with Jewish life.
Rabbi Deborah Newbrun featured in eJewishPhilanthropy
Rabbi Sue Reinhold launches Addict Torah
Rabbi Sue Reinhold brings decades of experience as a learner, listener, manager, student of culture, recovering addict, storyteller and scholar to her work as an executive coach and spiritual advisor in Braveheart Advising. Her first question is ‘how can I help?’ and her next question is ‘tell me a story.’ Rabbi Sue’s favorite Jewish story is one that tells us that Joseph, the famous dream interpreter of the Torah, was not so good at interpreting the dream as he was in asking questions so that the dreamer could come to understand the meaning of the dream.
Dr. Jeremiah Lockwood releases Chanukah album
Dr. Jeremiah Lockwood, who teaches our Jewish Music: History, Ritual, and Memory elective, released a solo guitar album, “A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Record,” on November 22, 2021 on the Reboot label. Listen to the album on BandCamp