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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!
 

Madalina Garza, Digital Marketing and Content Manager
 

 

 

 

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.

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. 


 

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.

Daniel Levine

Rabbi Daniel Levine is a local southern California native. He grew up in San Diego before attending school at UCLA. Graduating with a duel Bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies and Cognitive Science – Daniel then went on to YPS rabbinical school, living in Israel for two years along the way. During the last year of rabbinical school Daniel also completed his Master’s in Jewish history (from UCLA). Along with serving as the rabbinical fellow at TBT, Rabbi Daniel is the Campus Rabbi for Hillel in Orange County.

In the years since graduating, Rabbi Daniel has lived in Orange County serving the community in a variety of ways. He has taught Jewish studies in the local Tarbut V’Torah High School and is a writer for the Orange County Jewish Life Magazine. Daniel’s mission is to help show people the relevance, beauty, and value within Jewish history and tradition. When not excitedly talking about Talmud, Jewish history, or Israel you can find Daniel somewhere outside rock climbing.

Matt Austerklein is a musician, scholar, and innovator in the American cantorate. Growing up in Alexandria, Virginia, he received a rigorous training in Jewish liturgy and music from his bar mitzvah tutor and from his two cantors. He fell in love with the cantorial arts while studying abroad in Vienna, Austria, where he also studied voice with mezzo-soprano, Paulette Vineyard Herbich.

​Matt graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a BA in Music in 2006. Already while in college he led his first full High Holy Days as musical prayer leader. He went on to receive a Master of Sacred Music and cantorial ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011.

​Matt has served with distinction as Cantor of Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County in Bethesda, Maryland, and at Beth El Congregation in Akron, Ohio. Over his past decade as a congregational cantor, he has cultivated diverse skills to support Jewish communities, including pastoral care, teaching Jewish text and traditions, communal song leading, music education with guitar, event programming, playwriting, fundraising, choral directing, and strategic planning. He serves as an ongoing mentor to new and student cantors, and currently serves on the Cantorial Coaching Faculty of Hebrew College.

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.
 

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.

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. 

 
 

Board of Directors

  • Rabbi Marcia Tilchin, President

  • Scott Spitzer, Treasurer & Youth Programs

  • Robin Gurien, Secretary & Social Action Chair

  • Harvey Deutsch, General Board and Cemetery Chair

  • Bonnie Widerman, General Board & Ritual

  • Cheryl Honig, General Board
     
  • Esther Wright, General Board

  • Payson Lederman, General Board & Outreach Chair

  • Roberta Zeve, General Board

Sat, December 10 2022 16 Kislev 5783