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Rabbi Ron Li-Paz

Rabbi Ron Li-Paz is the Spiritual Leader of Valley Outreach Synagogue. He received ordination at the Academy for Jewish Religions, Los Angeles. He has been on the pulpit at Valley Outreach Synagogue since 1996, having served as Cantor for a decade prior to becoming the community's Rabbi. 

Prior to synagogue leadership, Rabbi Li-Paz served in the United States Air Force. He subsequently completed a bachelor’s degree at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before working in theater, television and international broadcasting. Rabbi Li-Paz went on to work as a management consultant for Cap-Gemini Sogetti, developing and implementing communications strategies for clients throughout Europe. Today, in addition to spiritual leadership, he lectures and teaches on subjects of leadership, communications, and change management for organizations such as the UCLA-Anderson School Management Development Institute in Africa, as well as Los Angeles based companies and non-profit organizations.

Rabbi Li-Paz preceded his cantorial career with a successful decade as a leading guest artist in opera and concerts. He sang as a soloist in major roles in eleven countries and in some of the world’s greatest theaters including the Royal Albert Hall, the Councertgebouw and Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2011, he was invited to sing the anthems of the United States and Israel in Washington DC before President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu, most members of Congress and an audience of more than ten thousand people.

Rabbi Li-Paz takes great interest in interreligious affairs. He is on the Board of the Center for Interreligious Understanding, (CIUnow.org). He is the Jewish representative on  the Los Angeles Interfaith Council. In May 2019, Rabbi Li-Paz was a member of the US delegation to the United Nations International Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan. Also in May 2019, Rabbi Li-Paz was honored as a special guest of Pope Francis at the Vatican as well as His All Holiness the Patriarch Bartholomew in his residence in Istanbul.

Rabbi Li-Paz shares the pulpit with his father, Cantor Michael Li-Paz, and his wife, Bronwen Li-Paz. When he is not preaching or teaching, he is most likely exercising hiking or horseback riding in Malibu Creek State Park, scuba diving or cultivating his garden surrounded by a host of sweet hens and a giant African tortoise, Moses Tortellini.

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Contact:
Rabbi Ron Li-Paz
rabbili-paz@vosla.org        818-879-8087 or 818-882-4867  facebook.com/ron.lipaz

Chaplain Jennifer Eaves Nye

Chaplain Jennifer Eaves Nye

Jennifer Eaves Nye has served at Valley Outreach Synagogue and Center for Jewish Life since 2013. As a Jewish chaplain and Associate Spiritual Leader she collaborates with and supports Rabbi in all things VOS, specializing in compassionate and expert care for congregants going through acute situations whether with illness, end-of-life, grief, family conflict, transition in life, or financial and professional challenges.

Chaplain Nye’s day-to-day responsibilities include teaching children through adults; officiating at life cycle events; advising during conversion; facilitating 7 Conversation with Your Chaplain groups across both Valleys; leading Shabbat services; guiding seasonal walks for reflection and schmoozing. One unique VOS rite-of-passage is that each Spring she gathers high school seniors who take over her home for cooking, conversation and time together dedicated to moral, spiritual and personal growth.

Previously she served in an interfaith capacity as a Spiritual Counselor at Valley's Best Hospice and also as a Chaplain at Methodist Hospital of Arcadia. During her time at Methodist Hospital, she was assigned to every unit assisting patients, families and staff. She worked with organ donation teams as well as interdisciplinary bioethics teams, and she facilitated communication between patients, families, hospital staff, community clergy and law enforcement.

She graduated with an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Chaplaincy school of Academy for Jewish Religion, CA (AJRCA). Prior to her career in chaplaincy, Chaplain Nye graduated with a B.A. from Occidental College cum laude with Honors in both majors of English Literature and Religious Studies. She also holds an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Women’s Studies in Religion. As an educator, she taught teens in John Hopkins University's CTY Program, "at-risk" high school students in Alhambra and adults English-as-a-Second-Language.

To restore her menuchat ha’nefesh (calmness of soul) she loves to stay up late playing games even when that makes it a struggle to get up early for flyfishing. She and her spouse, Adam Mehr, have been blessed with two children, Lucy and Asher, which makes for a great 4-handed game of pinochle.

Chaplain Nye was Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplaincy (APC) in 2014 and is a member in good standing of the APC, Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), and the MAJR Alumni Association of the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA.

Contact:
Chaplain-Nye@VOSLA.org

818-879-8087 or 818-882-4867

 

Chaplain FAQ

Chaplain? Is she Jewish?
Yes! She is a Jewish chaplain.

I’ve never heard of a Jewish chaplain.
Jewish chaplaincy is an extension and professionalization of the mitzvah of bikur cholim (visiting the sick) and is responsive to individuals and families experiencing crises and/or life transitions besides illness. The first American Jewish chaplains were three rabbis commissioned by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

What’s the difference between a chaplain and a rabbi?
Two years of education, a chaplain does not sit on a Beit Din (panel of rabbis) as a decisor of halacha (Jewish law), and a chaplain has completed Clinical Pastoral Education work (similar to social workers or therapists) which not all rabbis undertake. Chaplain Nye is clinically trained and was certified by the Association of Professional Chaplaincy to assess and bring various interventions for individuals, their families, and the professionals who treat them. Chaplain Nye is experienced at serving any individual, whether of the same faith, different, or not religious or spiritual at all to support folks in connecting and making meaning for themselves for healing, integration and wholeness.

So can she marry us/name our baby/do a Bar Mitzvah? And is she a cantor, too?
It’s a long running joke at VOS that unlike the talented and operatically-trained Li-Paz family, our chaplain has had it written into her contract not to sing! After all, her role is to bring comfort and healing. . . . Nonetheless, the expertise, care and heartfelt leadership she brings to the lifecycle events she officiates have people singing her praises. (And they have been pleasantly surprised to discover that she can chant just fine).

 

Rabbi Emeritus Richard Schachet, z"l

Rabbi Emeritus Jerry Fisher

Contact:  rabjerr@gmail.com

Fri, November 27 2020 11 Kislev 5781