Rabbi Rachel Kobrin is the spiritual leader of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, PA. She is thrilled to be building Moed—a soulful and engaging grassroots satellite of her home congregation—located in the heart of Philadelphia. She believes Judaism is inherently inspiring, resonant, and challenging (in good ways!)—and that it is our job, as 21st century Jews, to build communities that reflect this essence—awakening the soul, the intellect, and the moral compass.
A native of Rochester, NY, Rabbi Kobrin attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. At Ziegler, she received her rabbinic ordination and Master of Arts in Rabbinic Studies, as well as the USCJ award for congregational leadership in 2009. Rabbi Kobrin is active in many aspects of Jewish life and Jewish thought, including as a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, a JOIN for Justice Clergy Fellow, and a contributing writer for MyJewishlearning.com and huffingtonpost.com, among other publications and websites. She currently sits on the executive committee of the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Kobrin previously served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin, TX. During her time in Austin, Rabbi Kobrin was the founding rabbi for the Selah—a vibrant satellite community of Congregation Agudas Achim, for which she received the Austin Jewish Community Association Social Action Award in 2013.
Rabbi Kobrin has a passion for serving people of all ages and bringing the joy and meaning of our 3,500-year-old tradition to the modern world. She is the proud mother of Noa, an almost-Bat Mitzvah, and Adin, a huge Harry Potter fan.