Rabbi Gray Myrseth
Director of Youth Education
Rabbi Gray Myrseth was ordained by the Hebrew College Rabbinical School in June of 2017. Born and raised in San Francisco, Gray has returned to the Bay Area after five years in Boston to work as Kehilla’s School Director. Gray has worked as a Jewish educator, a congregational rabbinic intern, a consultant and trainer on LGBTQ inclusion, and as a chaplain with a focus on the spiritual care of LGBT elders. When not at work, Gray can be found walking their excellent dogs, expounding on the wonders of Talmud study, and reading everything from poetry to young adult novels.
Chevruta Teacher and Youth Programs Coordinator
Natalie Boskin started at Kehilla School in 4th grade, had her Bat Mitzvah ceremony in 2006, and became a Madricha for the 6th grade class at Kehilla School as a teen. Ever since her Bat Mitzvah, when she used her drash to question why G-d threatens with violence, she has been drawn to the big picture questions about the sacredness that permeates our world. She used her time at the University of Puget Sound to academically explore sacredness as she worked towards her Bachelors of Arts in Religion. The University’s comparative approach to religious studies has given her a deep foundation of interdisciplinary knowledge that she is excited to now use to turn inward and explore her own faith and spirituality. She joyfully returned to Kehilla Community Synagogue in 2015 to not only further her personal exploration of these questions, but as a teacher charged with introducing her students to the mysteries of existence. She is humbled to have the opportunity to share a little bit of her passion for investigating sacredness with youth that are on the verge of taking control of their own connection to that very mystery.
Rabbi Carol Caine
Chevruta Teacher and Trope Teacher
Rabbi Carol Caine graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and also received private ordination from Jewish Renewal founder Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi. She currently serves as high holiday rabbi for B’nai Haaretz in Garberville, regular adult education instructor for Lehrhaus Judaica, meditation service leader for Netivot Shalom, and rabbi, instructor, workshop leader and ritual facilitator for other congregations and individuals, in the Bay Area and beyond. Rabbi Carol is a familiar face at Kehilla, having taught in our b’nai mitzvah program since 2006 and offered a popular Talmud course through our adult education program. She also teaches privately, for both youth and adults.
Chevruta Teacher and Trope Teacher
Beth Dickinson has been a joyful member of Kehilla’s teaching staff since 2010. She teaches trope (Torah chanting), has been a chevrutah teacher, and has lead Kehilla school Tefillah services. She has served as Musical Prayer Leader at Kehilla since 2008, leading Shabbat, High Holiday, and B’nai Mitzvah services as well as other ceremonial services. Beth’s background includes training in group facilitation, psychology, meditation and therapeutic music. In her B’nai Mitzvah teaching she strives to help each student connect to the parts of Judaism that resonate for them, to define their own belief system, and to have a supportive and positive experience. As the child of an interfaith family, she actively supports her students in embracing their multifaceted backgrounds.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Consultant
Sandra has been involved in Kehilla since 2001. Since that time she has served in many capacities including Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program Director, Educator and Spiritual Leader. Having relocated to Maui, Sandra now serves as a consultant for Jewish Education and spiritual life. She is also a movement educator and cultural anthropologist. Along with Hazzan Shulamit Wise-Fairman, she created the CD, “Moving with Morning Blessings.” You can contact Sandra through her website at www.raziyoga.com