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Who We Are
Rabbi Julie Danan
Having completed her freshman year of college at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas native Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan (rhymes with “Dayan”) moved to Israel, graduating with honors from Tel Aviv University with a B.A. in English Literature. While living in Israel, Rabbi Julie married Sephardic chazzan Avraham Danan and gave birth to the first two of their five now grown children.
Raised in a large Reform congregation in San Antonio, Rabbi Julie explored living the Modern Orthodox life from her late teens through her late twenties, but ultimately found her inspiration in the Jewish Renewal movement. After the Danans returned to the States, she worked as director of the San Antonio Association of Jewish Education. In 1990, Rabbi Julie became the religious school program director at San Antonio’s Congregation Beth Am, a Reconstructionist synagogue, transitioning to the role of student rabbi at Beth Am during her rabbinical studies with ALEPH, the rabbinical program of the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. From 1994 through 2000, she also served as the Judaic specialist at the San Antonio JCC.
The year 2000 was a big one for Rabbi Julie. Not only was she ordained by ALEPH, but she received an M.A. in Hebrew Studies from UT Austin with a focus on rabbinic and biblical literature, was certified as a pastoral care specialist by the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, and became rabbi of Beth Am, the congregation where she had already worked for ten years. In 2003, Rabbi Julie moved with her family to Chico, California, becoming the rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, a small, unaffiliated congregation not unlike our own. She also served for nine years as a lecturer in comparative religion and modern Jewish and Israeli studies at Cal State Chico.