Our Director of Spiritual Engagement
A Welcome Message from Rabbi Jenny Solomon
I am truly honored to join Rabbi Eric and the Beth Meyer Staff as a leader of this kehillah kedoshah (holy community). This is our spiritual home and I consider it a true privilege and honor to offer spiritual leadership to all who join our Beth Meyer family.
My journey as a rabbi has unfolded organically, piece by piece, taking the shape of a quilt— varied, textured, yet woven together into a unified cloth. The thread that binds all the pieces is ahavah— love. With this love, I have had the privilege of teaching adults and young children, counseling, leading prayer, facilitating rituals, and directing our community mikveh. Whether I am teaching a Jewish Parenting class, leading Shabbat morning prayers or guiding someone through the mikveh for the first time, I have cultivated my capacity to lead with love— intentionally drawing each person closer to our tradition, to community, to their deepest self, and ultimately, to God, however s/he understands that notion.
From that first milestone of s’micha (ordination) until the present moment, my path into motherhood has been inextricably linked to my development and work as a rabbi. In those early months of my oldest daughter’s life, I wondered how I would find my way into the fullness of what it meant to live as a rabbi. I have come to understand that my intensive and devoted work as a mother was an invaluable part of my rabbinic training and who I am as a leader. I continue to use the vast skills and wisdom I have gained as a parent in the work I do each and every day.
Like motherhood, my rabbinate is deeply personal. The title of “rabbi” is not a name tag I put on and take off depending on where I find myself. It is who I am. A teacher. A spiritual parent. A loving guide. A leader.