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 the Beit Ahavah community twelve years ago upon ordination, moving with her partner and son from Los Angeles to lead our congregation. Rabbi Riqi spent six years studying to become a rabbi at the Jerusalem and Los Angeles campuses of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, including internships in chaplaincy and student pulpits at the Bay Area and Hillels. 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. Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Kosovske worked as a Jewish educator-artist, teaching and directing in many programs including East Bay Federation summer camps (Camp Tzofim and Camp Kadima), Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and religious schools in all denominations of Judaism, Midrasha Teen Program, the Olam Yeladim arts-enrichment program and more.

Rabbi Kosovske 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 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.

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