Our Team of Leaders Includes
Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin
Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin is the founder of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC). Her passion for all things Jewish and love of helping people find what is meaningful to them in Judaism is a signature of her spiritual leadership and service to the OC Jewish community. Ordained by both the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Tilchin has 18 years of pulpit and interfaith experience in Orange County and New York.
Rabbi Shai Cherry
Rabbi Shai Cherry holds a doctorate in Jewish Thought and Theology from Brandeis University and was subsequently ordained as a Conservative Rabbi. He wrote the first user-friendly text on Jewish biblical commentary: Torah through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times. He is also the featured lecturer for The Great Course’s “Introduction to Judaism.” Rabbi Cherry has taught at Vanderbilt University, UCLA, the American Jewish University and the University of San Diego.
Rabbi Jill Zimmerman
Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman is the founder of the Jewish Mindfulness Network and Hineni: The Mindful Heart Community, an online, webinar-based mindfulness community. She teaches mindfulness through a Jewish lens, and Judaism through the perspective of mindfulness. Rabbi Jill has worked in congregations in Beverly Hills (Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills), Riverside, Carlsbad, Mammoth Lakes and Seattle. She is a contributor to the Women’s Torah Commentary and is very involved in social activism. Rabbi Jill was ordained by Hebrew Union College and has graduated from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Rabbinic Mindfulness program, and was certified as a Jewish Meditation teacher. Before rabbinical school, she had a career in organizational development and community building and is a Certified Master Gardener. She and her husband just moved to Orange County. Rabbi Zimmerman’s website is: http://www.ravjill.com/
Scott Spitzer, PhD
Scott Spitzer, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Fullerton, where he is also the faculty advisor for Hillel. Scott serves on the board of the UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative, where he helps to bring students from all backgrounds to the Middle East to learn about the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict first-hand. Scott has also been creating innovative, inspiring and substantive Jewish services for children for the past 15 years.
Rabbi Peter Levi
Rabbi Peter Levi is a veteran Jewish community professional with experience in community relations and interfaith affairs. After leading congregations for more than a decade at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, Temple Chai in Phoenix and Temple Beth El in South Orange County, he now directs the Anti-Defamation League’s Orange County/Long Beach Regional Office, acts as president of the Orange County Board of Rabbis, participates in the Orange County Sheriff’s Interfaith Advisory Council and serves on the editorial board of the CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly.
Jason Feddy moved to Laguna Beach from the UK in 2000 and has rarely looked back. He is well-known locally as a singer, guitarist, performer, and DJ at Laguna’s local radio station, KX935, and won an Orange County Music Award for best solo performer. Jason serves as Cantorial Soloist at Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach and partners with Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin to lead musical services at the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County. The two also co-produce a monthly podcast series called “The Joy of Jewish.” Jason is also the Orange County coordinator of Music in Common, an organization that brings together young people of diverse backgrounds for discussion, multi-media and songwriting programs. He has produced six albums of original music and is a regular performer at Jacob’s Ladder folk festival by the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
Ron Levy is a professional pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer with a master’s degree from UCLA. He has taught at and held accompanist positions for a variety of organizations, including Idyllwild Arts Academy, Orange County School of the Arts, Orange Coast College and UCLA. Ron held the keyboard chair in the Club Grill band at the Ritz-Carlton for 10 years; he subsequently led the jazz trio at Pelican Hill Resort upon its opening for three years. Ron is currently musical director and bandleader at the Center for Spiritual Living Newport-Mesa and for the “Saturdays@5” program at St. Mark Presbyterian in Newport Beach.