Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

Founder & Chief Rabbi of Joyful Jerusalem Lifecycles & Destination Celebrations, I conduct soulful, egalitarian bar-bat mitzvahs in Israel and officiate at weddings and other lifecycle ceremonies around the globe.

My greatest passion is working with young people as they learn about Torah & mitzvot, find inspiration in their heritage and take pride in their Judaism. I help students find their voice and express their unique vision of a better world. I celebrate as they identify the gifts they bring and wish to share in this life. This joyful and inspiring project is the one to which I have dedicated myself at Joyful Jerusalem!

I am the creator of the Sacred Hebrew Chant & Drum Experience TM and was a co-founder of VOCOLOT an internationally acclaimed ensemble with whom I performed for a decade and recorded 3 CDs. In addition to recording a 4th CD with singer-songwriter Naomi Hannah I’ve composed a collection of original chants and niggunim.

Prior to making aliyah in 2012, I was senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel Judea, in San Francisco and I continue to serve in the US as both High Holiday Rabbi and Musical Liturgist at USCJ affiliated Sof Ma’arav in Honolulu, Hawaii. I teach Judaism individually to students and families and also offer spiritual & pastoral counseling. An alumna of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and trained in a variety of body-mind healing disciplines, I was certified as a Jewish meditation instructor at Chochmat Halev in 1998.

In my spare time I cook vegetarian food, hang out with my five sabra nieces & nephews, hike, swim, make beaded jewelry and sing around the table after a great Shabbat meal, with a pop-up vocal ensemble or Kibbutz Revadim band, or perform new country & contemporary roots music.

Early career Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

After completing my rabbinic training I became the spiritual leader of USCJ Temple Beth Shalom in Brigantine, New Jersey, a small island just North of Atlantic City, NJ. During that time I also taught adults at Reconstructionist Congregation Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia. In prior years I served as Cantorial Soloist and Coordinator of the Bar & Bat Mitzvah Experimentation Program at Kehilla Community Synagogue .

As an undergraduate I studied voice at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. During rabbinical school I was the student-intern at the Kolot Center for Jewish Women and Gender Studies and a chaplain-in-training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. My student pulpit was at URJ Temple B’nai Israel in Laconia, New Hampshire. I received a Master’s degree in Hebrew letters and I was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2003 and hold a BA in Human Movement Studies from San Francisco State University with a minor in Holistic Health. Trained at the ReSource School of massage therapy and former member of the Bay Area Body Therapy Guild, I worked as a therapeutic bodyworker for a decade and served as a work-scholar at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

Mazal Tov!


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