by Hadar Dubowsky

Bringing “Grandmother Energy” to Bay Area Jews

Although one might think that an outspoken, funky woman rabbi might be marginalized within the mainstream Jewish community, San Francisco-based Rabbi Leah Novick moves among its various elements with ease. With a past including teaching “Women in Politics” at UC Berkeley, working as Director of the Berkeley Jewish Community Center, leading a women’s spirituality group, freelancing as a rabbi in rural communities, founding the national disarmament group SANE, and serving as vice president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Rabbi Novick is able to foster, on a grass roots level, the exchange of ideas among the disparate elements of the San Francisco Jewish community. In addition, Novick’s involvement with goddess-oriented spirituality allows her to act as a bridge between the mainstream Jewish community and Jews who have turned to other traditions.

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