Our Rabbi

Rabbi Riqi Kosovske

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Rabbi Riqi’s ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, 2007

Rabbi Raquel S. (Riqi) Kosovske joined our Beit Ahavah community as our rabbi, spiritual leader and educator twelve years ago upon ordination, moving with her partner and son from Los Angeles to lead our congregation as its first full-time rabbi.

Rabbi Kosovske brings to Beit Ahavah not only her extensive experience and knowledge as a leader, teacher, organizer and educator, but also great warmth, enthusiasm, passion for blending tradition and intense spirituality with her radically progressive consciousness.

Her expertise and commitment to Judaism, feminism, ecology, artistic and musical spiritual expression, social justice, the Reform movement, Jewish Renewal, a progressive Israel, interfaith connection, passionate community-building and exploring Jewish identity have led our congregation and the Jewish community forward.  We are blessed to have her.

Rabbi Riqi spent six years formally studying towards rabbinic ordination at the Jerusalem and Los Angeles campuses of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  She held internships in chaplaincy and student pulpits at the Bay Area and Hillels.  Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Riqi led services and belonged to progressive minyanim, chavurot and synagogues in Berkeley East Bay area, Jerusalem, and Boston area, as well as throughout college and high school.

She received Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Writing & Consciousness at San Francisco’s New College of California, and holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in English literature and Women’s Studies. She is originally from the East coast and grew up in South Carolina, and spent fifteen years in the Berkeley East Bay area, Jerusalem, and Los Angeles.  Rabbi Kosovske came to rabbinical school after excelling as a Jewish educator-artist, curriculum writer, camp director and youth leader, teaching and directing in many programs including the Midrasha Teen Program, the Olam Yeladim after-school arts-enrichment program, East Bay Federation summer camps (Camp Tzofim and Camp Kadima), Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and religious schools in all denominations of Judaism.

 

View Rabbi Riqi’s 10-Year Anniversary Tribute Book, May 12, 2017.
Mazel tov and thank you for your generous support!