Rabbi Avivah Erlick seeks to connect today's mostly unaffiliated Jewish public with the spiritual services they need, through all stages of life.

An entrepreneurial rabbi and board certified interfaith healthcare chaplain, Rabbi Avivah serves in healthcare, corrections, assisted living, congregational and private settings. She represents other clergy and officiants through her agency, Community Rabbis; and provides Jewish end-of-life ritual with her specialty team, Sacred Waters.

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Honoring in Community

Rabbi Avivah has for the past five years participated in the annual L.A. County Funeral for the Unclaimed, when the cremated remains of as many as 1,600 people are buried, and chaplains from many faiths and nationalities offer prayers.

 

Photo courtesy of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune

AS YOU ARE

As independent Jewish clergy without the restrictions of movement affiliation, we at Community Rabbis are free to serve you, our clients, “as you are,” without expectation that all elements of Jewish tradition will work for you. We therefore may go where some other rabbis decline to tread, making available some non-traditional options, such as.

Jewish and Interfaith Weddings ...

  • On Shabbat (Saturday), and during some Jewish holidays;
  • For couples creating a multi-faith or multi-cultural household*;
  • Co-officiated with non-Jewish clergy;
  • Held in a church, etc.

Jewish and Interfaith Funerals, Memorials and Taharah Ceremonies

  • For individuals who choose cremation or body donation to science;
  • For anyone with a connection to Judaism, whether or not they identify as Jewish;
  • In the location of your choice, including your home.

Baby Naming and Adult Jewish Naming Ceremonies

  • Without a requirement for circumcision (we are featured on the Brit Shalom web site)
  • Without other elements of conversion (because this is not a conversion, it is a casual welcoming into Jewish community)

* Each case is unique, but generally we follow the approach of the Interfaith Family website. A couple that wants a rabbi for their wedding, and plans to have children, needs to intend to raise them with a clear Jewish identity.