Rabbinic Search

Rabbi Leora Abelson will officially be joining us this July as our Rabbi! 

She will be serving us half time as we continue to work our way through transition. We are thrilled to have her in this role, as she has been a member of our community since moving to Jamaica Plain in 2011. She will work with Rabbi Victor to ensure smooth transition.

Rabbi Leora Abelson grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and lived in Middletown, CT; Nairobi, Kenya; and Chicago, IL before moving to Boston to attend Hebrew College Rabbinical School. She was ordained as a rabbi in 2017. She has served as the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Agudas Achim in Attleboro, MA since July 2016. She has completed four units of chaplaincy training (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Hebrew SeniorLife and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and she currently works as an Interfaith Chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care. She has been active in movements for social justice for many years, including fighting against racism and classism in the queer community in Chicago and supporting the Palestinian- and Israeli-led struggle for justice, safety, dignity, and freedom for all Israelis and Palestinians. She was led towards the rabbinate by her longing for a Jewish communal home that is aligned with her commitment to building a more just world and with her anti-oppression values (and with good singing of course!). She is passionate about making Jewish tradition and practice – from Talmud study to embodied theology to deeply rooted ritual –  accessible to those longing for it. She is equally passionate about celebrating historically silenced voices and bringing diverse experiences into conversation with our tradition, believing that we know the Divine and understand and live Torah more fully only when our full collective wisdom is expressed. Leora lives with her partner Ray-ray in Jamaica Plain. She is a proud auntie and grammar nerd, shyly plays the violin, and loves the ocean.

Many thanks all of our wonderful candidates for going through this process with us. A huge yasher koach and thank you to our wonderful search committee led by Gabriella Spitzer and served by Elana Brochin, Bruce Ecker, Mark Finklestein, Aviva Herr-Welber, and Erica Mintzer. They worked hard with strength and integrity to get us to this moment.


The Nehar Shalom Board of Directors