The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation will be ushering in the first in-person High Holidays services since Covid in a remarkable fashion.
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael, an ordained rabbi, artist, author and singer-songwriter of Jewish songs, prayer, and liturgy, will shake things up a bit as she guides the congregation in welcoming in the year 5783.
Rabbi Raphael boasts numerous degrees in Jewish studies, including a master of arts degree from Brandeis University in Contemporary Jewish Studies, as well as a number of honorary doctorate degrees. She was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennslyvania, and since then received awards and recognition from multiple institutions in the United States, Canada and Israel. She has been the Rabbi at a number of congregations, as well as a guest rabbi leading High Holiday services around the United States. But what makes Rabbi Raphael so special is both the way she has channeled her creativity into her work and her focus on women in Judaism.