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

An ordained 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. (See below for her resume)

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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

Many Ways to Be Jewish

As an independent rabbi without the restrictions of movement affiliation, Rabbi Avivah feels free to serve you “as you are,”
without expectation that all elements of Jewish tradition will work for you. She may go where some other rabbis decline to tread, making available a number of non-traditional options, such as.

Jewish and Interfaith Weddings ...

  • Held 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 anyone with a connection to Judaism, whether or not they identify as Jewish;
  • Made available to individuals who choose cremation or body donation;
  • 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 a naming ceremony is not a conversion, it is a casual welcoming of a fellow traveler into Jewish community).

Credentials

Rabbi Avivah may be unconventional in her approach to some Jewish rules, but her credentials are rock solid:

  • Rabbinic ordination from the WASC-accredited Academy for Jewish Religion California (AJRCA), based at UCLA, in 2009.
  • A Master of Rabbinic Studies degree, also from AJRCA. Her thesis explored whether yoga and Judaism are compatible.
  • Board Certified Chaplain status from the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) in 2013, a credential which has been called comparable in stringency to social worker licensure.
  • Founder and first president (for three years) of her school’s Clergy and Alumni Association (AJR-CAA).
  • Participating rabbi, Sandra Caplan Community Beit Din, the only interdenominational rabbinic court for conversion to Judaism.
  • Current membership in the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, AJR-CAA, OHALAH (the Renewal Movement rabbinic association), and APC.