Rabbi Rachel Timoner is thrilled to serve Congregation Beth Elohim as Senior Rabbi. Her passions are community building, social justice, spiritual life, and lifelong learning. She is honored to stand with families at the moments of greatest joy and greatest sorrow in their lives.
From 2009 to 2015, Rabbi Timoner served as Associate Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, where she was a beloved teacher of Torah and helped to develop a thriving Shabbat Morning Minyan, a Community of Elders, the Caring Community, and a Community Organizing Leadership Team. She explored spiritual life with congregants through a vibrant Jewish Spirituality Workshop and other classes and retreats. She worked with the Community Organizing Leadership Team to pursue social justice in the areas of public transportation, affordable housing, and health care. She also served as a leader of Reform CA, a statewide movement of more than 120 rabbis and many lay leaders to serve as a powerful voice for social justice in California, winning protection for 1.5 million undocumented immigrants and more than a billion dollars in affordable housing.
Rabbi Timoner grew up in Miami, Florida, received a B.A. from Yale University, and received s’micha from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2009, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and was honored with the Lorraine Helman Rubin Memorial Prize for Scholarly Writing, the Women of Reform Judaism Centennial Prize, the Professor Stanley Gevirtz Award for Excellence in Bible, and the Louis and Minnie Raphael Memorial Prize for Outstanding Service to a Small Congregation.
From 1998 to 2004, she was a facilitator and consultant in organizational development and strategic planning. Previously, Rabbi Timoner raised funds to rebuild the San Francisco Women’s Building, a community center for low-income women; worked to mitigate the impact of welfare reform in California; worked in San Francisco City Hall for Supervisor Harry Britt; and founded two leadership programs and a peer hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth. In 1994, she was honored by the San Francisco Examiner and KQED as an “Unsung Hero” for working to break the isolation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and empowering young people to feel proud of who they are. From 1996 to 1998, she was a Next Generation Leadership Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation. In 1997 she was chosen as one of ten leaders under thirty for Do Something’s National BRICK Award for Community Leadership.
Rabbi Timoner is a member of the Clergy Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and is the author of Breath of Life: God as Spirit in Judaism. She is married to Felicia Park-Rogers and they have two sons, Benji and Eitan.
Rabbi Timoner can be reached by email.