Welcome to my website!
I am an independent, liberal Rabbi living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Currently I serve as the Chaplain of the Jewish Chaplaincy Society and as the Jewish Chaplain for the federal prisons in the Pacific region of Canada.
I am available for life cycle ceremonies, teaching and spiritual counselling. Many of the people I have worked with do not belong to synagogues or have needs that cannot be met in most synagogue settings. For example, I officiate at interfaith and same-sex wedding ceremonies. I believe that everyone should have access to their traditions regardless of the directions our lives sometimes take.
I‘m a long time member of the Jewish Renewal Community Or Shalom in Vancouver. My ordination is from the Modern Rabbi Program of the Rabbinic Seminary International in New York City (Rabbi Joseph Gelberman z‘l), although I did most of my rabbinic training through the rabbinic studies program of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
News & Upcoming Holiday Updates
From time to time I will make announcements of special events, or holidays that are coming, so please check often and see what news I have here.
Tu BiShvat / טו בשבט
Tu BiShvat or Tu B'Shevat or Tu B'Shvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט) is a minor Jewish holiday, occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called "The New Year of the Trees" or (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות, Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot). Tu BiShvat is one of four "New Years" mentioned in the Mishnah.
Tu BiShvat begins at sundown on Sun, 09 February 2020.
Purim / פורים
Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים, Pûrîm "lots", from the word pur, related to Akkadian pūru) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).
Purim begins at sundown on Mon, 09 March 2020.
Do you have any questions about any of these holidays, or what is required of you, please feel free to contact me.