Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde
On her journey into a deep connection with Judaism, Rabbi Daria lived in Israel and Japan, completed an Ed.M. at Harvard University, a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis, and was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Through her exploration of the multiple avenues of learning and teaching she worked with learners at many different stages of life, from elementary school at the Columbus Jewish Day School in OH, elementary and high school for 3 years in Japan, and adults and children of different ages in MA, NJ and PA. Before moving to Sebastopol, she served as co-rabbi at Congregation Ohev Tzedek in Ohio with her husband, Josh. She engages Judaism’s potential through a variety of formats, including bibliodrama, meditation, teaching Hebrew and teaching the transformational spiritual ethical practice of Mussar.
Through compassionate and attentive listening Rabbi Daria gently encourages those who are interested in seeing and naming the walls in their lives to face them, especially vis a vis their relationship to Judaism as a spiritual practice leading to human flourishing. She seeks to bring healing to the lives of these individuals, their relationship to Judaism, Judaism’s relationship to the earth, and the earth itself. This requires serving as a perceptive guide, an attentive agitator, and a strong, clear communicator. Effective service requires her to be a cli/ vessel of the Holy One of Blessing.
Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde
Drawing from the Jewish mystical and contemplative traditions, as well as other spiritual traditions, Rabbi Josh is passionate about creating and teaching a Jewish spiritual practice that can potentially transform our lives. A certified Torah Trek Guide, he is also passionate about drawing on Jewish teachings to deepen and heal our connection to the natural world. His primary rabbinic influences and teachers have been Rabbi Miles Krassen (www.planetaryjudaism.org) and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z'l. He was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and he is also a member of Ohalah, the Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal. Before moving to Sebastopol, he served as co-rabbi at Congregation Ohev Tzedek in Ohio with his wife, Daria.