Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde
Drawing from the Jewish mystical and contemplative traditions, as well as other spiritual traditions,
Rabbi Josh is passionate about creating and teaching a Jewish spiritual practice that can potentially
transform our lives. A certified Torah Trek Guide, he is also passionate about drawing on Jewish teachings
to deepen and heal our connection to the natural world. His primary rabbinic influences and teachers have
been Rabbi Miles Krassen (www.planetaryjudaism.org) and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z'l. He was ordained
by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and he is also a member of Ohalah, the Association of Rabbis for
Jewish Renewal. Before moving to Sebastopol, he served as co-rabbi at Congregation Ohev Tzedek in Ohio with his wife, Daria.
Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde
On her journey into a deep connection with Judaism, Rabbi Daria lived in Israel and Japan, completed
an Ed.M. at Harvard University, a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis, and was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Through her exploration of the multiple avenues of learning and teaching she worked with learners at many different stages of life,
from elementary school at the Columbus Jewish Day School in OH, elementary and high school for 3 years in Japan, and adults and children
of different ages in MA, NJ and PA. Before moving to Sebastopol, she served as co-rabbi at Congregation Ohev Tzedek in Ohio with her
husband, Josh. She engages Judaism’s potential through a variety of formats, including bibliodrama, meditation, teaching Hebrew
and teaching the transformational spiritual ethical practice of Mussar.
Through compassionate and attentive listening Rabbi Daria gently encourages those who are interested in
seeing and naming the walls in their lives to face them, especially vis a vis their relationship to Judaism as a spiritual practice
leading to human flourishing. She seeks to bring healing to the lives of these individuals, their relationship to Judaism, Judaism’s
relationship to the earth, and the earth itself. This requires serving as a perceptive guide, an attentive agitator, and a strong, clear
communicator. Effective service requires her to be a vessel of the Holy One of Blessing.