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The Community Rabbis are professional Jewish clergy and lay people, available to provide officiation, ceremony and worship, and to counsel and spiritually support individuals and groups, anywhere in Greater Los Angeles.


Rabbi Avivah Erlick, BCC

Rabbi Avivah Erlick, BCC, founded Community Rabbis in 2013. What began as her own side business of collecting small jobs in the community became an agency representing her friends — exceptional Jewish clergy people available to provide officiation and religious programming leadership on a freelance basis.

Rabbi Avivah works in hospice, hospital, correctional, psychiatric and residential care settings, providing Jewish and interfaith spiritual care. She is among five women rabbis who teach an Introduction to Judaism/Conversion class called Soul Journey at Open Temple in Venice, Ca.

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Rabbi Arinna Shelby

Rabbi Arinna Shelby has served as a congregational rabbi in several Western states, and worked as a hospice chaplain for 10 years. She was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion California in 2008. Her specializations include Bereavement Counseling, Funerals and Post-Death Ritual, Conversion Classes, and Visiting the Sick. She has a beautiful soprano singing voice, too.

Rabbi Janet Madden, Ph.D.

Rabbi Janet Madden, PhD, has served as a congregational and community rabbi in the US and Europe. She has extensive training in chaplaincy, with a specialty in palliative care, and has served as both a hospice and hospital rabbi. A Greenfaith Fellow and certified Jewish Spiritual Director who is also trained in Jewish Sacred Chant, she is an experienced teacher, lecturer and a widely-published writer. She takes joy in crafting creative, personal and soulful lifecycle rituals for individuals and families.

RABBI Ira Rosenfeld

Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld brings a unique and refreshing perspective to the rabbinate through positivity and humor, engaging people of all ages from children to seniors. Rabbi Ira is the co-founder of HomeShul, a home-based Jewish educational and experiential program for children, and Or Echad, a warm, inclusive Jewish community in Calabasas. He works with private students and teaches at religious schools and synagogues throughout Southern California. Rabbi Ira officiates for all life cycle events, from birth to end of life, and he does chaplaincy and counseling work for individuals and families. In his first career, Rabbi Ira was a musician, comic and actor. Rabbi Ira has worked as a pulpit rabbi at Historic Hollywood Temple Beth El, Temple Ner Shalom in San Luis Obispo, and Congregation Beth Shalom in Santa Clarita.

Cantorial soloist carl jacobs

Carl Jacobs completed his Master’s degree with a specialization in Music in Jewish Life in 2016 at the Academy for Jewish Education, California. Carl works as a cantorial soloist in the Southern California region. He has a beautiful singing voice and about 30 years of experience singing Jewish liturgical music and secular music. He has appeared as a choral singer and soloist with master chorales and bands, including at Disney Hall.  The rabbi where he performed as cantor for High Holy Days last year said his Shema Koleinu was "brilliant," and his
Un'taneh Tokef brought her to tears.  Carl has created and performed a one-man show with an accompanist, "Jews on Broadway," tracing music from the 1920s through the '50s.

chaplain bonnie leopold

Chaplain Bonnie Leopold is a vested Jewish chaplain, graduated from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California in May 2007 with a Masters in Jewish Studies and Chaplaincy. She has many years experience as an interfaith hospice chaplain, is a Certified Jewish Spiritual Director (Morei Derekh), and has been leading Shabbat Services and holiday celebrations in retirement homes in Los Angeles for over 15 years.

Chaplain Bonnie offers Jewish and Interfaith weddings, baby namings and funeral/memorial services. She facilitates Jewish moral and ethics groups (Mussar), and offers contemplative prayer services and Sound Healing Meditation. She is a Member in Good Standing of the AJR Clergy & Alumni Association, which provides an ethical review component. She is also active in Spiritual Directors International and the National Federation of Spiritual Healing -- Bonnie is a Certified Energy Healer and an ordained interfaith minister.


rabbi janet bieber

Rabbi Janet Bieber is both a rabbi and a cantorial soloist.
She offers Ceremonies with Heart -- Interfaith/Alternative Weddings, Baby Namings, Funerals, Conversion, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, counseling and concerts. She was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion California.

"Rabbi Janet put so much of herself and her heart into our wedding. All our friends and family felt included. Her singing added so much more than we could have ever imagined! Thank you Rabbi Janet for giving us the wedding of our dreams and more!" 

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rabbi joshua horwitz

Rabbi Joshua Horwitz is a chaplain and community rabbi who accompanies his weekday services on guitar. He earned two Clinical Pastoral Education units working as a chaplain intern at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He holds Orthodox rabbinic ordination from Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum College. He is also a former director of education for West Coast NCSY (formerly National Conference of Synagogue Youth) and a director of outreach for the Jewish Student Union.

Rabbi Catherine Mummert