Rabbi Raquel S. (Riqi) Kosovske
Rabbi Raquel S. (Riqi) Kosovske became part of the Beit Ahavah community in July of 2007, moving with her partner and their toddler son from Los Angeles to lead the congregation. She is originally from the East coast, but has spent the last fifteen years in the Berkeley-San Francisco Bay area, Jerusalem, and Los Angeles. Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Kosovske worked for over a decade as an artist and educator, teaching and directing Jewish summer camps and religious schools, avant garde Jewish high school and arts-enrichment programs, and school programs in all denominations of Judaism. She also pursued Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Writing & Consciousness at New College of California. She then studied at the Jerusalem and Los Angeles campuses of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was ordained as a rabbi in May.
Rabbi Kosovkse brings to Beit Ahavah not only her extensive experience as a leader and educator, but also great warmth, enthusiasm, a passion for blending tradition and spirituality with a liberal, progressive consciousness. Her interests in feminism, ecology, artistic expression, social justice, Jewish Renewal, and exploring Jewish identity are an excellent match for a young congregation that is constantly grappling with what it means to be Jewish in this day and age.