Renana Ravitsky Pilzer

Kehilat Shira Hadasha

Q: What do you most enjoy learning in the Beit Midrash?

A:     Midrash and specifically midrash that discuss human and existential questions, from which you can take insights and thoughts for today.  Recently, I have been teaching a lot of insights that reflect on crisis and destruction through texts that consider the future of Jewish society after the destruction of the Temple in the first century.

Q: What are your dreams for your community?

A:   That we have more joy, more dynamism;  that we cultivate spiritual aspirations, religious and communal commitment, and foster a sense of mutual responsibility.

Q: What are the greatest opportunities that exist for your community?

A:    Creating a new place and new collaborations; actively including more men and women. 

Q: What is your source of strength as a community rabbi?

A:  The wonderful people around me within the community, the community being a significant part of my identity.  I also am nourished from colleagues in spiritual leadership groups (Honey Foundation, Rabbanut Israelit, Beshutaf Community, Hadar) with whom I can consult and share, a sense of mission and responsibility, belief in the righteousness of the path.