Meet Our Rabbis
Meet Our Rabbis
Rabbi Nancy Wechsler-Azen
Rabbi Nancy was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1990. Upon graduation she was called to Temple Kol Ami, in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada to be their first rabbi and to provide a foundation for their congregation. In 2003, Rabbi Nancy and Rabbi David came to Congregation Beth Shalom to serve as a rabbinic team. At Congregation Beth Shalom she established a monthly Rosh Chodesh program for women, Mussar learning for adults and children in the religious school, Family Education, Children’s Choir, and a participatory Shabbat Worship: "Shabbat with a Beat".
Rabbi Nancy has also been pivotal in creating interfaith programs of understanding. Rabbi Nancy continues serious study of Jewish texts through the Mussar Institute courses, and daily learning. She is a past president of the Rabbis’ Association of Sacramento and has been written about in Parenting Magazine and Reform Judaism. She has articles in the Mitzvah of Healing, Jewish Lights: A Women’s Torah Commentary and A Woman’s Haftarah Commentary, Torat Hayim-Living Judaism, LifeLights: Surviving a Crisis or Tragedy, and Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories.
Rabbi David Wechsler-Azen
Rabbi David was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1986 and has served congregations large and small in Canada and the New York area. He also received a Temple University Fellowship in Film and wrote, produced and directed the award winning Video Guide to Jewish Teaching, which was distributed to all Reform congregations.
Rabbi David is currently president of the Rabbis’ Association of Sacramento and Executive Vice President of the Interfaith Service Bureau. Last year, his essay on "Kabaseballah: Teamwork in Jewish Mysticism" was published by the College of William and Mary in the book What’s Jewish about the American Pasttime. Rabbi David has also involved a number of congregants in a tikkun olam project, Fresh Producers, which trains youth to promote healthy eating and creates educational funds for their future.