The Jay Phillips Center’s rabbis-in-residence program promotes the study of Judaism, with special emphasis on the relationship of Judaism to Christianity and other religions.  Along with presenting public lectures, the rabbis involved in this program serve as guest professors in classes and teach in other venues at the University of Saint Thomas and the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University.

Rabbi Rachel Timoner

In residency April 28-29, 2014

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Rabbi Rachel Timoner is associate rabbi at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, where her focus is on social justice, spiritual life, and lifelong learning, and she is the author of Breath of Life: God as Spirit in Judaism, published by Paraclete Press.  She was born and grew up in Miami, Florida, earned a B.A. degree from Yale University, and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and received numerous awards, including one for excellence in biblical studies and another for scholarly writing.  Before entering rabbinical school, she worked for thirteen years with social justice non-profit organizations, was named by the San Francisco Examiner and KQED (PBS) as an “Unsung Hero,” was a Next Generation Leadership Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation, and received the Do Something National BRICK Award for Community Leadership.