Background/Biography

BACKGROUND & BIOGRAPHY

Professional Experience
Professor, CSU Sacramento

Dept. Of Humanities and Religious Studies
2012 — 2015

Rabbi & Spiritual Leader

Shalom Social Group
Lincoln, CA  2009 — 2012

Teaching Staff, Congregation B’nai Israel

Hebrew School, Teen program, & Adult Education
Sacramento, CA
2009 — present

Rabbi, School Director, Teacher

Gan HaLev & The Penina Maier Jewish School
San Geronimo Valley, CA
2004 — 2007

Rabbi, visiting

• Congregation Beth Shalom
Marysville, CA
2013 — 2014
• North Lake Tahoe Hebrew Congregation
Kings Beach, CA
2003 — 2004

Rabbi & Co-Founder

Torat Chayim — Center for Jewish Learning and Spiritual Development
Berkeley, San Rafael, & Sacramento, CA
2004 — Present

Cantor-Educator–Student Rabbi

Congregation B’nai Torah
Antioch, CA
2002 — 2004

B’nai Mitzvah Tutor

Mosaic Law Congregation
Sacramento, CA
2001 — 2002

Cantor & Spiritual Leader

Havurah Ahavat Chesed
Sacramento, CA 1998 — 2000

Cantor

Congregation Beth Shalom
Carmichael, CA
1991 — 1998

Temple Educator

Hebrew School Director / Hebrew School Instructor
Congregation B’nai Israel
Sacramento, CA
1989 — 1991

Professional Memberships
  • Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal
  • Associate Member, Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Northern California Board of Rabbis
  • Rabbinic Advisory Board, Shalom Bayit
  • Sacramento Rabbinic Association
Educational Background
RABBINIC SMICHA, 2003

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Philadelphia, PA

MORAH L’HITBODEDUT, Certified Teacher of Jewish Meditation & Spirituality, 2002

Chochmat HaLev
Berkeley, CA

Doctoral Candidate, 2007 — 2011

San Francisco Theological Seminary, Lloyd Center for Pastoral Counseling
San Anselmo, CA

MASTERS IN JEWISH STUDIES, 2004

eucalyptus leafRichard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies
Graduate Theological Union
Berkeley, CA

BA CUM LAUDE, “The Book as Art”; minor in Music, 1989

Mills College
Oakland, CA

Certificates in Gottman Method Training, Marriage Counseling, Levels 1 and II

Gottman Institute
Seattle, WA

OTHER UNDERGRADUATE WORK

• San Francisco Conservatory of Music
• California State University, Sacramento
• Sacramento City College

Private Studies and Apprenticeships

The Jewish Renewal Movement is unique in honoring and encouraging intensive study with Master teachers:

  • Cantorial study and apprenticeship
    1990— 1998
    Hazzan Carl K. Naluai, Jr.
    Sacramento, CA
  • Studies in Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism)
    1991— 1993
    Rabbi Kalman Dubov
    Sacramento, CA
  • Apprenticeships in Spiritual Counseling
    2001— 2005
    Rabbi Steven Fisdel, Burlingame, CA
    Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, Berkeley, CA
    Rabbi Shohama Weiner, New Rochelle, NY
  • Mystical Commentaries on the Siddur (Prayerbook)
    2002
    Rabbi Eliyahu Klein
    Berkeley, CA
  • Davenning Leadership Training Program
    2002 — 2003
    Hazzan Jack Kessler, Rabbi Marcia Prager, Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Eilat Chayim
    Accord, NY
  • Classes at Aleph Kallah, Eilat Chayim, and the Jewish Meditation Conferences and Intensives
    1998 — 2003
    Rabbi Lavey Derby, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Rabbi Alan Lew, Rabbi Marcia Prager, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Hazzan Linda Hirschhorn, Hazzan Richard Kaplan, Hazzan Jack Kessler
  • Master Teachers, Meditation Teachers’ Certification Program, Chochmat HaLev
    2000 — 2003
    Dr. Avram Davis, Dr. Nan Fink Gefen, Rabbi Steven Fisdel, Rabbi Eliyahu Klein, Estelle Frankel, Rabbi Burt Jacobsen, Rabbi Alan Lew, Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man
    Berkeley, CA
Midtown Sacramento | info@rabbishulastevens.net | [916] 442-7315