Rabbi Eliana Falk
Each year, I am amazed and inspired by Beth El's members and the potential for our
synagogue. We are growing in every way - welcoming new members of all ages,
inspiring many to become involved in the diverse aspects of synagogue life - from
food pantry collections to reading Torah to launching our exciting new educational
initiative: the CHAI Center for Jewish Learning. CHAI stands for Creative, Holistic,
Alternative and Intergenerational. Our new school will be not only a remarkable
learning resource for families and individuals; it will also reflect the diverse
experiences and passions of our members. This school has been a twinkle in my eye
for several years, and I am delighted that so many of our members of all ages are
embracing this ground-breaking approach for Jewish learning.
I am perhaps most inspired by the love, dedication and energy of our members, their
thoughtfulness, their kindness and their devotion to one another and our synagogue
community. We are truly blessed.
I would be delighted to speak with you about your personal journey, what you need
in a synagogue community, and how Beth El can be the spiritual home you seek.
Rabbi Falk was ordained in 2013 at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic
seminary in New York. Because she has learned through the prism of the traditions
of all of major and minor Jewish movements, she is skilled in leading a synagogue
community that values tradition and welcomes innovation.
She is dedicated to environmental activism as well as interfaith relations.
On a national level, she is an active fellow at the Center for Christian Jewish
Understanding, and has just completed a year-long Rabbis Without Borders
fellowship at The Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), a leadership
training institute, think tank and resource center. A leader in religious pluralism,
CLAL links Jewish wisdom with innovative scholarship to deepen civic and spiritual
participation in American life. She continues to be involved in CLAL.
She was honored to receive the Herchel J. Matt Award for Creative Liturgy for the
Pre-Passover Service of Renewal and Healing that she wrote, and to which Cantor
Citrin added musical settings.
Locally, Rabbi Falk is an active member of the Southbury Interfaith Clergy Association
and participates in the Southbury Woodbury Clericus.
Rabbi Falk may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 203 214-7734