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Congregation Approves Rabbi Jessica Graf as 10th Senior Rabbi

On February 29, more than 100 congregants attending a special meeting required by Sherith Israel’s bylaws unanimously approved Rabbi Jessica Graf as the synagogue’s next senior rabbi. Rabbi Graf will begin her new position on July 1.
Rabbi Graf, the daughter of former Sherith Israel president Alan Zimmerman and his wife Monica, became bat-mitzvah and was confirmed at Sherith Israel. She currently serves as our director of Magalim. Rabbi Graf, who was mentored by former senior rabbi Martin Weiner, will become the tenth senior rabbi in the synagogue’s 165-year history. She will succeed the retiring Rabbi Larry Raphael and become the first woman to hold the senior rabbi post.
Before returning to Sherith Israel in 2014, Rabbi Graf served for eight years as director of congregational engagement for Synagogue 3000. She explored the cutting edge of synagogue renewal, working with congregations around the country. A graduate of Columbia University, Rabbi Graf was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York in 2003. She has served congregations from New York to Juneau, Alaska, and is active in several major Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Community Federation, New Israel Fund, American Jewish World Service and the American Jewish Committee.
Rabbi Graf and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Graf, a professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, are parents of a daughter, Arielle, 18 months. Their second child is due in June.

Sat, June 6 2020 14 Sivan 5780