Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon joined Congregation Beth Jacob in 2015 as rabbi educator, directing the religious school and deepening relationships between religious school families and the synagogue community.
Rabbi Ilana connects to people of all ages with joy, honesty, and empathic listening. She also engages deeply with Jewish tradition, using creativity sharpened by knowledge to draw the past into our lives today.
She received rabbinic ordination from the Academy of Jewish Religion, CA, a post-denominational school with a spiritual bent. She also studied in the Kollel of the Conservative Yeshiva. The rabbinate is a second career for her; she received her PhD in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University.
Rabbi Ilana and her husband, David, moved to the Bay Area in 2002, and their home has been a center for Jewish community ever since. They are blessed with three children, aged 13, 10 and 2.