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We are a collaborative community.

Guided by the vision of Rabbi Hazzan Marcia Tilchin, the Jewish Collaborative is a place for people who are drawn to the idea of being creatively Jewish. We use music, arts and theatre to engage both heart and mind. By integrating the creative, the contemporary, the traditional and the inspired, The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County is a warm, welcoming and inclusive space for you to be your full Jewish self — in whatever way is meaningful to you. We partner with musicians, scholars, artists and the community to bring joy to the Jewish soul.

Our ability at the Jewish Collaborative to offer a robust selection of creatively Jewish program offerings is all about the quality of the people with whom we work, partner, and collaborate.

Every member of our leadership team of staff, contract professionals, creative partners, scholars, educators, clergy, our Board of Directors and volunteers adds something unique and special to the Jewish Collaborative experience.

What you see, hear, feel, and experience when you join us for a program, class, religious service or festival celebration is authentic, engaging and heart-centered. As they say … it takes a village.

LEADERSHIP & STAFF

Rabbi Hazzan Marcia Tilchin is the founder and spiritual leader of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC), a community mosaic that offers creative and collaborative programming designed to foster and deepen Jewish connection for individuals and families.  Ordained from both the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Marcia served Conservative congregations in Upper Nyack, New York and Tustin, California before launching her own initiative in 2016. 

Rabbi Marcia's full biography is here along with links to her Shabbat messages and podcasts!
 

Jackie Menter, Executive Director
Jackie Menter has more than two decades of experience working in the organized Jewish world, including the American Jewish Committee and Jewish Federation of Orange County. During her 10 years at the Federation, Jackie built the NextGen young leadership program, established Orange County's PJ Library program, the Shalom Family outreach program, and oversaw campaign operations. She has been an Orange County resident for 25 years, and her fervent devotion to hesed (Kindness and Compassion) and helping the voiceless has elevated the Jewish social justice presence in the county. Jackie is co-founder of the Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees.
 
 

Beth Krom, Consultant & Strategic Advisor
Beth Krom is a former educator and local public official who is now a consultant, candidate coach and creative wordsmith. Active throughout her life in the Jewish community, Beth held leadership positions in BBYO and Hadassah before running for public office in the City of Irvine. Beth currently serves as a consultant and strategic advisor, supporting the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County as well as her other clients. She brings a unique perspective and broad set of skills, uses creativity and humor in engaging ways and truly enjoys helping clients master the art of messaging, communication, public outreach and community building.

 

MUSICAL TEAM

Jason Feddy, Musician in Residence
Jason Feddy, who has been a creative collaborator with Rabbi Tilchin since the founding of the Jewish Collaborative, believes that music is an incredibly spiritual process. Growing up in a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish community in Leeds, England, Jason attended Jewish Day School, was a member of the school and synagogue choirs, and was awarded first place in music competition.

Jason has worked as a singer/songwriter since his school days and spent 5 years as a morning jock on KX93.5, Laguna Beach, CA’s local radio station. A fan favorite, Jason was named the Laguna Beach CA Arts Alliance “Artist of The Year” for 2019/20.

Together, Jason and Rabbi Tilchin have woven music and creative inspiration through our Shabbat and Festival celebrations, including Shabbat by the Shore, Serenity Shabbat, Stepping Out of Shabbes, Twelve Steps and Torah, Serenity Selichot, People of the Podcast and our annual Festival of Friends. Learn more about Jason by visiting his website: www.jasonfeddy.com.

Ron Levy
Pianist Ron Levy met Rabbi Tilchin through their shared connection with St. Mark Presbyterian church, where Ron plays piano for their weekly Saturday evening services. Ron first participated in JCoOC's 2017 Purim service held at St. Mark and later that year became part of the High Holiday musical team. The addition of Ron's great skill as a jazz pianist and warmth as a person have been a blessing to the Collaborative community.

Ron is a professional pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer with a master’s degree from UCLA. He has taught at and held accompanist positions for a variety of organizations, including Idyllwild Arts Academy, Orange County School of the Arts, Orange Coast College and UCLA. Ron held the keyboard chair in the Club Grill band at the Ritz-Carlton for 10 years; he subsequently led the jazz trio at Pelican Hill Resort upon its opening for three years. Ron is currently musical director and bandleader at the Center for Spiritual Living Newport-Mesa and for the “Saturdays@5” program at St. Mark Presbyterian in Newport Beach. Learn more about Ron on his website: www.ronlevymusic.com.


Dale Schatz brings music and meaning to our Jewish Collaborative community as one of our frequent guest musicians at Shabbat services. Dale is a gifted Hazzan who shares the joy of Jewish music with inspiring accompaniment on the guitar and his upbeat personality and unique sense of humor. Dale’s energy and love of Judaism shines through every time he joins us.

 

 

Rabbi Aviva Funke is a truly inspired Jewish communal leader who has been supporting people on their spiritual path for more than 15 years. Ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of California, Rabbi Funke writes devotional music, primarily using Jewish liturgy, as a way of bringing herself and others closer to God, ourselves and each other. She joins us for Shabbat and other special events and is part of our Zoom-Gali-Gali program for families with young children.

Beyond her partnership with the Jewish Collaborative, Rabbi Funke runs spiritual programs, daily meditation and spiritual support for guests at a spiritual retreat center for a number of years. As a natural intuitive, she accesses her energetic sensitivities help guide sessions and space together. Learn more about Rabbi Funke on her website: www.avivafunke.com.

COLLABORATING EDUCATORS AND SPIRITUAL LEADERS

Cantor Fran Chalin (VITAS Healthcare) M.S.W./M.J.C.S., has been both clergy and educator in the Los Angeles Jewish community for more than 20 years. She served as cantor for Beth Chayim Chadashim, the world’s first synagogue with outreach to the LGBT Jewish community. In this role, she was an active member of the Interfaith clergy coalition for human rights and healthcare reform. She currently serves as a hospice chaplain with VITAS, working with families as they confront dying and death. In addition to her family, Fran loves are writing, teaching and preserving the Yiddish language. She also directs a Yiddish chorus called Zingen Far Sholem (Singing for Peace).

 

Rabbi Ilan Glazer is passionate about ending the stigma of addiction in the Jewish world and helping Jews in recovery and their loved ones find recovery and serenity one day at a time. He believes that life is a beautiful journey of learning and growth. Suffering can be transformed into joy and everyone is a miracle. Rabbi Ilan is the author of the number one bestselling book, And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds, and Unleash Your Inner Freedom. He’s the Founder of Our Jewish Recovery and a Shatterproof Ambassador and Family Program Instructor, a member and Director-At-Large of the National Speakers Association’s DC chapter. Rabbi Ilan teaches widely about healing, recovery, grief and mourning, happiness, spirituality and success in all areas of life. Rabbi Ilan is a freelance recovery and transformation coach, an accomplished storyteller and musician and the host of the Torah of Life podcast. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Sherri, and their cat, Taylor.


Cantor Sue Knight Deutsch is an author, and coach with many voices: a singing voice, a writing voice, an intuitive voice within, a compassionate and gentle speaking voice, and a voice that doesn’t make a sound, but simply listens. Her professional training in social work, music, liturgy, chaplaincy, positive psychology, and coaching has taught her the theories, philosophies, techniques, practice, and science behind what her work with those grieving a loss. Cantor Deutsch is the author of The Healing Hand, a beautiful, heart-felt, hands-on account of how to honor the last threshold of life with the ones we have loved. . Learn more about Cantor Deutsch on her website: www.cantorsue.com.

Rabbi Noam Raucher
Rabbi Noam Raucher is originally from Hamden, CT and grew up in a home of Jewish educators and leaders. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2002 with honors in Judaic Studies and Psychology. In 2005 he moved  to California to attend the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and was ordained in 2011. His first pulpit was with Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where he worked to build community across faith and racial boundaries with neighboring houses of worship. Until recently he proudly continued his work as the senior rabbi for the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center.

Noam holds a Master’s degree in education, and has been a Fellow with CLI – the Clergy Leadership Incubator – a program for rabbis of visionary  leadership and innovative practice. Currently, Noam is pursuing a freelance and independent rabbinate offering his services and guidance to any spiritual seeker interested. Learn more about Rabbi Raucher on his website: www.rabbiraucher.com.

Image result for eric dangottEric Dangott, Rabbinical Student
Eric Dangott is a Huntington Beach native. His initial interest and enthusiasm in Judaism blossomed under the guidance of numerous teachers. Eric is currently studying at the American Jewish University, and looks forward to immersing himself as a full time student in Rabbinic Studies.  It is extremely meaningful for Eric to support and develop the Jewish community in the exact place his seeds of Jewish love were first planted. 

Image result for rabbi lilly kaufmanRabbi Lilly Kaufman
Following a 16-year career in book publishing, Lilly Kaufman received cantorial investiture (’98) and rabbinic ordination (’01) from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Lilly served as rabbi and cantor at Congregation Tikvoh Chadoshoh in central CT; as Director of Jewish Learning at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnesota; and, most recently, as Director of the Torah Fund campaign of WLCJ at JTS. Lilly is excited to begin a part-time hospital chaplaincy internship this fall at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Irving Medical Center, while continuing to teach Torah remotely. Lilly served on the Editorial Advisory Committee of Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat & Festivals, and three of her original poems were published in that prayer book.

Kohenet Rachel Kann
Kohenet Rachel Kann is the 2020 New England Jewish Poetry Festival’s Featured Poet. She is a WORD: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize recipient for her latest poetry collection, How to Bless the New Moon, from Ben Yehuda Press. She was the 2017 Outstanding Instructor of the Year at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Her Spoken Word Visual Album, The Quickening, has received accolades from film festivals in Florence, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and New York. She has performed her poetry in venues such as Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, The Broad Stage, The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts and TEDxUCLA. 

Rachel facilitates Realize Paradise Soul Journeys as well as Shabbat Soul Journeys and New Moon Union Rosh Chodesh Circles through Mishkon Tephilo. She also facilitates one-on-one and group ceremonies and rituals for folks from a diversity of backgrounds with the intention of facilitating the realization of paradise through the release of trauma and an increase in self-love.


Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman is the founder of A Path With Heart, an organization that teaches mindfulness and meditation through a Jewish lens. She regularly leads in-person and virtual classes on Jewish spirituality geared toward practices that make a difference personally.

Rabbi Zimmerman is deeply committed to helping people discover Jewish wisdom and personal meaning in an accessible and accepting environment. She writes frequently on issues of social justice and dignity for all. A great friend to the Jewish Collaborative, Rabbi Zimmerman has brought her spiritual approaches to our adult education, healing and mindfulness programs and as guest clergy on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Learn more about Rabbi Jill on her website: www.ravjill.com.

 

IKARON FACULTY


D’vorah Miller has been teaching and facilitating classes and workshops on Jewish Studies, relationships, self-esteem and spirituality for children, teens and adults for over 30 years across four continents. D’vorah previously served as Director of Jewish Studies for Irvine Hebrew Day School. She holds a Judaic Studies teaching certification from Bnot Chayil College in Jerusalem, Israel, a General Teaching Certification from New South Wales Board of Education in Australia and a certification in Therapeutic Counseling from MST College in London, England. D’vorah is the author of Up to God: Down to Earth Thoughts on Elevated Living. D’vorah and her husband, Rabbi Shmuel Miller, are the blessed parents of eight great kids and at least as many grandkids.

 

Lauren Carroll 
In addition to her role as a founding IKARON teacher, Lauren has been a Faculty Associate at Tarbut v‘Torah Jewish Day School since 2015. She is currently working toward a degree in Education. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her daughter. 

 

 

Rabbi Karen Isenberg is a recent graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles.  A Long Beach native, Karen attended religious school and celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah at Temple Sinai of Long Beach.  She attended undergraduate college at UCLA, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Arts.  She received a Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Movement Therapy and worked in that field for several years . Eventually drawn into Jewish education, Karen worked for 5 years as the day school librarian at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles and subsequently taught in religious schools in South Bay and Long Beach.  Karen is delighted to be working with  the talented IKARON faculty and the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County. 

Carina Rock is the West Coast Director of Jewish Interactive, a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring today’s generation through Jewish Ed-Tech.  She has a Masters in Jewish Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Digital Media.  Jewish Education has been the center of Carina’s career for over 20 years. She has worked as a day school teacher, synagogue leader and founded the Jewish Women’s Mosaic, a program highlighting local leadership, Jewish learning and the creation of high art. Carina sees her work in Jewish Education as a vital part of building a healthy and vibrant generation of educated children, fulfilled families and inspired community. As an artist, Carina enjoys illustrating children’s books, painting the ocean and facilitating Jewish art experiences including student-led outdoor classrooms and educational installations. Carina’s activity in the art world fuels her work in education, where she provides consultation to schools, parent and student programming, professional development for teachers and community strengthening initiatives. Carina is happy to be joining the Ikaron team and is looking forward to meeting all the families and exploring the beauty of Judaism with Ikaron's youngest students.


 

 

 

Board of Directors

  • Rabbi Marcia Tilchin, President

  • Scott Spitzer, Treasurer & Youth Programs

  • Shawn Wood, Secretary & Ritual

  • Robin Gurien, General Board & Social Action Chair

  • Bonnie Widerman, General Board & Ritual

  • Cheryl Honig, General Board

  • Esther Wright, General Board

  • Payson Lederman, General Board & Outreach Chair

  • Roberta Zeve, General Board

Fri, July 1 2022 2 Tammuz 5782