Welcome Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan!
Rabbi Julie Danan (pronounced Dah-NAHN) is a spiritual leader who synthesizes the best of mind, heart, and soul. She offers our community outstanding teaching for all ages and levels of learning, compassionate pastoral caregiving, and spiritually gifted ritual and worship.
Rabbi Julie likes to call herself “Reconservadox” because she has life experience in many Jewish movements as well as service in many transdenominational roles. Her heart is in Jewish Renewal and she was ordained in 2000 through the ALEPH Rabbinic Program, where she studied with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, of blessed memory.
Rabbi Danan also holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Rabbinic Literature and Culture. She completed a program as Pastoral Care Specialist with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors at the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health in San Antonio. Prior to coming to Pleasantville Community Synagogue, she led Congregation Beth Israel, a nondenominational congregation in Chico, California, for 12 years; and Congregation Beth Am, a Reconstructionist congregation in San Antonio, Texas, for 13 years.
Rabbi Danan has been a lecturer at California State University, Chico, and Texas Lutheran University, and will be teaching an online Talmud course for the ALEPH Rabbinic program. She is author of The Jewish Parents’ Almanac (Jason Aronson) and is constructing a new website, Wellsprings of Wisdom.com, a virtual retreat center flowing with the Torah of mother earth. She has spoken and taught in many academic, Jewish and interfaith settings and written for many Jewish and general publications.
Rabbi Julie was twice awarded fellowships by the advocacy organization "Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal" (STAR) that was founded in 2000 by Edgar Bronfman, Charles Schusterman and Michael Steinhardt. She was one of 17 rabbis around the country selected for STAR’s Professional Education for Excellence in Rabbis (PEER) program for 2004. From June 2009 through June 2010, she was one of 16 rabbis nationwide chosen to participate in STAR’s “Good to Great” Program, which was designed for rabbis more advanced in their careers.
Rabbi Julie’s extensive experience and leadership in interfaith work includes serving as president of the Chico Area Interfaith Council and founding the Celebration of Abraham, a group that brought together hundreds of Jews, Christians and Muslims to learn about one another’s religions and get to know one another as neighbors.
Julie is married to Avraham Danan, who grew up in Morocco and Israel and has served as an avocational Hazzan and teacher of Moroccan Piyyut (liturgical poetry). They are the parents of five grown children.
Click on the links below to learn online from our Rabbi:
Her website: wellspringsofwisdom.com
“Be Happy. Yom Kippur” in Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism
“A Simple Devar Torah” in memory of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
A ceremony for graduating High School
Video of Rabbi Danan teaching at Shabbaton in Ashland, Oregon
In case you missed Rabbi's Julie's sermons at Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, please click on the links below:
"Do You Read From Right to Left?" Rosh Hashana, Day I, 5776
“Hineni – Here I Am” Erev Rosh Hashana 5776
"Yom Kippur in July" Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidrei 5776
“The Jewish Way to Disagree” Yom Kippur Morning 5776
Rabbi Julie can be reached at PCS at 914-769-2672 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Please join us in welcoming Rabbi Julie to PCS!
Photo credit: Carla Resnick