Rabbi Elyssa Cherney

“There are moments in our lives where we are deeply vulnerable. Times when we hope our communities surround us to help us learn and grow. When we mark these moments we have the opportunity to feel hope, love and a spark of holiness.”

About me ...
  • Ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (2018)

  • Works with Jews and those who love them to learn more about ritual, lifecycle, and ways to engage with Jewish traditions old and new

  • Runs a non-profit, Tacklingtorah: everyday people’s search for holiness in our everyday lives

  • Works toward the acceptance of Jews in all communities as a current 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, past 92Y Innovation Fellow, and JOIN for Justice Fellow 

  • Has worked for inclusion of LGBTQ Jews at Keshet and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

  • Has worked as a chaplain, Jewish educator of all ages and pulpit rabbi

I'm Passionate about ...
  • Helping people feel ownership over their own Judaism  

  • Spontaneous prayer

  • Listening, learning and growing together

  • Being attuned to people’s individual value system

  • Creating new traditions together!

  • My personal creations: Ava Jane and Zeke and partner in the sacred work of parenting, Alan