Our Spiritual Leader — Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman

janeRabbi Jane Rachel Litman (“Rabbi Jane”) was hired by CJC as interim rabbi in April 2015.  We are so pleased that she will be serving our congregation through June 2017!

Rabbi Jane brings CJC over 25 years of experience as a congregational leader and consultant, as a teacher in congregational and university settings, as a scholar and author, and as a community activist.

She has served as the Western Regional Director and Senior Congregational Consultant for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.  Prior to that she served for 9 years as the Rabbi Educator at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, and for 2 years as Rabbi at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco.

Rabbi Jane has taught at California State University-Northridge, Loyola Marymount University, University of Judaism (now American Jewish University), and California Institute of Integral Studies.

Her community activism includes chairing the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, and serving as vice president of the East Bay Jewish Family and Children’s Service, as founding organizer of the California Freedom to Marry Coalition, as founding member of Midwives of Peace: National Women in the Clergy, and as president of the East Bay Council of Rabbis.  She has served on the boards of dozens of nonprofit organizations committed to advancing health, education, equal rights, and economic justice.

Rabbi Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Jewish Studies from UC-Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in suburban Philadelphia.

Rabbi Jane holds office hours at Holy Family Church in Half Moon Bay on Thursday afternoons. Hours are flexible.  Please contact her to set up an appointment for pastoral care, ritual planning, study, or anything on your mind.  You can reach Rabbi Jane at 415.602.3360 or

Click here to check out the August, 2015 Half Moon Bay Review article on Rabbi Jane!