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Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, Assistant Rabbi
Rabbi Rachel Kobrin is passionate about building Jewish community and engaging people in meaningful prayer, acts of social justice, and transformative Jewish learning. Rabbi Kobrin grew up in Rochester NY and London England, where her Jewish identity found its roots. She remembers the deep sense of connection she felt as a small child while walking to shul hand-in-hand with her beloved grandpa. Those same feelings emerged in high school youth group, where Rabbi Kobrin fell in love with the vitality of Jewish community and spirituality. After graduating from Ithaca College with a BA in Drama, Rabbi Kobrin spent several years learning in Israel and working for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at Swarthmore College and Temple University.
While at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University, Rabbi Kobrin co-founded Minyan Malei Shirah, a soulful and song-filled Friday night service in Los Angeles. She has used that same zeal for spiritual entrepreneurship in her leadership of Selah – a vibrant South Austin satellite community of CAA. Rabbi Kobrin loves to teach, and can often be found engaging in creative discussions with students of all ages at CAA, the Jewish Community Association of Austin, and the Austin Jewish Academy. She is a Clal Rabbis without Borders Fellow, a contributing author in the book God: Jewish Choices for Struggling with the Ultimate (2008) and a regular blogger on MyJewishLeearning.com. Rabbi Kobrin is married to Rick Brody -- also a rabbi -- and they are the parents of Noa, a budding performer, and Adin, aka “Superman.”
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Rabbi Kobrin's Huffington Post blog click here.