B’ruchim ha’baim, welcome.
My name is Rabbi Michal Loving, and my pronouns are she/her/hers.
My favorite part of being a rabbi is listening to people's stories. And the more I listen, the more I realize that our personal stories are always reflected in the larger Jewish narrative. There is a place for each of us in the wider Jewish tent, no matter our background.
Are you here because you seek a deeper sense of spirituality in your own life, or are wondering if choosing Judaism is right for you? Is there a baby in your life who needs a Jewish name, or a pre-teen looking for a guide through the B'nai Mitzvah process? Would you like a rabbi to officiate at your wedding, but are not quite sure how to get started?
I am called to help connect you to Judaism in a way that brings you meaning. Each of our stories are unique, and our spiritual journeys take their own individual, sometimes meandering, paths. I don't know where yours will lead, and you might not either. And that's okay. It is my honor to accompany you along your way, so that we may find out together.
"[T]he purpose of Judaism – and the purpose of relationships – is to love the other and the Other, the thou and the Thou. When you do, you find meaning – an understanding of the significance of life; you find purpose – an imperative to do what you are put on earth to do during your life; you find belonging – a community of people who will be there for you and with you; and you find blessing – a feeling of deep satisfaction and gratitude, a calendar and life cycle of opportunities to celebrate the gifts of life."
--- Dr. Ron Wolfson, Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to
Transform the Jewish Community