Rabbi Rachel Brown
Rabbi Rachel Brown is an adventurer whose route to becoming a rabbi has included attaining a degree in architecture, apprenticing as a carpenter and woodworker, and traveling the Pacific Northwest by bicycle. She also holds a motorcycle driver’s license and a private pilot’s license, and is a certified SCUBA diver.
The driving force of her rabbinate is making Jewish tradition accessible. Rachel believes that Judaism gives all who have access to it a way to connect to each other and to God, and a language with which to express the inexpressible. She embraces a life of continuing Jewish study and teaching others. Her visionary approach to Jewish life and Jewish education focuses on creating learning and study opportunities for students of all ages across the lifecycle. Rachel is especially gifted in reinterpreting traditional customs, texts, and liturgy in order to make them relevant to a contemporary mindset.
Rachel was ordained as a Rabbi by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles . After 10 years as a congregational rabbi, Rachel moved to Beachwood, OH, with her family, where she is developing Camp Timbrel, a liberal/pluralistic Jewish girls empowerment camp.