Rabbi Rachel Timoner is the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where her passions are community building, social justice, spiritual life, and lifelong learning. In order to develop the community’s bonds and its capacity to talk about difficult issues, Rabbi Timoner has engaged her congregation in two long-term study and dialogue series, first about systemic racism and then about Israel. She launched several social justice initiatives at CBE, including a Dismantling Racism community organizing team, a Refugee Task Force and, in partnership with New York City Councilmember Brad Lander, #GetOrganizedBK, through which thousands of New Yorkers work together to defend democracy and human dignity after the 2016 election. Previously, she served as associate rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, where she was a beloved teacher of Torah, a community organizer, and a leader in Reform California which achieved major statewide victories in immigrant rights, affordable housing, and police reform. She received a B.A. from Yale University, worked for fourteen years in social justice in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2009, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Rachel is married to Felicia Park-Rogers and they have two sons, Benji and Eitan.
Rabbinic Leadership Initiative Cohort VII