Rabbi SaraLeya Schley
Dear Kol HaEmek
I am so looking forward to our upcoming High Holy Day journey. Below you will
find more information about me.
This is the season of teshvuah, of returning to our essential selves by deeply
examining our lives as we re-commit to our souls’ missions and purposes. As a
spiritual community, we support each other in this profound and holy work. We
achieve heights and depths together that we cannot reach alone.
Let us set the intention to build a vessel of acceptance and heart as we
acknowledge and elevate the Divine sparks in each other, experiencing the
renewal of body, mind and spirit. As we enter the gates of prayer and ritual, we
can create a loving and non-judgmental field of blessing that allows the best of
each of us to shine forth and contains the potential for transformative healing.
Join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 5778, a time of communal celebration,
personal introspection and universal renewal.
I look forward to spending these Days of Awe with you.
Rabbi SaraLeya Schley
Rabbi SaraLeya was ordained in 2005 by the ALEPH Rabbinic Program. Her rabbinic
passions include plumbing the depth of Hebrew prayer, chanting Torah with
interpretive translation, study of mystical texts, and officiating at rituals
that mark life’s transitions, joys and difficulties. She is committed to
practicing and teaching tikkun ha-nefesh, the self- reflective refinement of our
soul-traits that helps us become shining vessels for the Divine spark that
Rabbi SaraLeya served Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley, CA, as rabbi 2008-2014, and she
is currently Rabbi Emerita and lifetime member there. She is associated with the
Rabbinic Leadership Initiative of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Mother of three adult children, she also had a fulfilling career as a
Gynecologic and Obstetric physician from 1977 until retirement in 2014. She
earned her B.S. in Psychology and M.D. degrees from the University of
Pennsylvania. She received a Master of Philosophy in Psychology from the
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Master of Counseling from the
University of Phoenix, Tucson campus. She is also certified in Interactive
Guided Imagery™ and Soul Memory Discovery©. You can learn more about Rabbi
SaraLeya at her website: http://www.rabbisaraleya.com