Services

Rabbi Rain is happy to craft an individualized ceremony that blends traditional elements with the personal and contemporary to welcome your baby into the world and into your community.

Looking for an alternative to a bris? Rabbi Rain is excited to offer the option of a brit shalom, a welcoming ceremony for those who want a Jewish ritual without circumcision.

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Rabbi Rain would be delighted to officiate your wedding or commitment celebration! Every wedding should be unique and meaningful, and she is happy to work with you to blend the traditional and the personal to create the perfect ceremony. Rabbi Rain is comfortable working in interfaith, LGBTQ, and other diverse settings, and has experience co-officiating with clergy of various faith backgrounds.

Education

Rabbi Rain has over 30 years of experience working in Jewish education. She has been a religious school teacher, principal, and director of adult education, in settings ranging from Conservative to Havurah, Independent to Interfaith. She is happy to answer questions, run trainings, or help educators plan and implement curricula.

Rabbi Rain currently directs the Educating for Spirituality program through Aleph, with online and summer classes. Her Winter 2017 class,”Social Action Education as Spiritual Practice,” will begin online on February 2nd.

Rabbi Rain and co-director Rabbi Lori Shaller were chosen as featured presenters at the NewCAJE 7 Conference. Check out two of their lessons on the NewCAJE online journal, Jewish Educator.

Rabbi Rain has both taken and taught classes in the Educating by Design curriculum approach, and has written several complete curricula for K-12 religious school use, on topics such as the Shema and Tikkun Olam.

Scholarship

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Rabbi Rain holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Mary Baldwin College, a Masters in Jewish Studies from Gratz University, and was ordained by the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

Her academic interests highly overlap with her commitment to activism and social justice: her thesis work includes an interpretation of the Book of Job through an activist lens, and a treatise on Jewish feminist literature. She has published many d’vrei torah in the Washington Jewish Week, on topics ranging from Bereshit and climate change to what B’tzelem elohim means for gender equality.

Contact Rabbi Rain to book her as a speaker or visiting scholar.