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 creating our exciting new educational
initiative: the CHAI Center for Jewish Life and Learning. CHAI stands for Creative,
Holistic, Alternative and Intergenerational.

Our new school is not only a remarkable learning resource for families and
individuals; it will reflects 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 have embraced 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.
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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 and has led
Beth El into the greening of our synagogue.

On a national level, and is a fellow with Rabbis Without Borders 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 has twice been honored to receive the Herchel J. Matt Award for Creative Liturgy,
in 2010 for her Pre-Passover Service of Renewal and Healing; and in 2012 for her
High Holiday Musaf Service of Healing and Renewal. Cantor Citrin added musical
settings to both liturgies.

She has been an active fellow at the Center for Christian Jewish Understanding,
Locally, Rabbi Falk is an active member of the Southbury Interfaith Clergy Association
and participates in the Southbury Woodbury Clericus and the Southbury Woodbury
Interfaith Ministries.

Rabbi Falk may be reached by email at eliana.falk@yahoo.com
or phone 203 214-7734