Rachel Nussbaum

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (Fellow 1993, Faculty 2003, 2004) is the Rabbi and Executive Director of the Kavana Cooperative, an independent Jewish community in Seattle. This will be Rachel’s third summer on faculty. Rachel was recently named to Newsweek Magazine’s list of “America’s Top 50 Influential Rabbis.”  In addition, she has been a recipient of the prestigious AVI CHAI Fellowship, the Joshua Venture Group Fellowship, and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.  Her passions include teaching rabbinic texts, leading spirited and musical prayer services, and challenging people to see Judaism as a catalyst for change.  Rachel was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2004.  She lives in Queen Anne with her husband Noam Pianko and their two daughters Yona and Mia.

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