Our Team of Leaders Includes
Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin
Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin is the founder and spiritual leader of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC), a non-profit organization created to help OC Jewish residents and their families connect their personal passions with Judaism. Marcia received her cantorial degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City and rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Between 1998-2015 Marcia served Conservative congregations in Upper Nyack, New York and Tustin, California before launching her own initiatives.
Rabbi Tilchin’s commitment to helping people find what is meaningful to them within Judaism is a signature of her compassion-driven spiritual leadership, service and interfaith engagement. Currently Marcia sits on the board of the Interfaith Youth Alliance (IYA) and is the Executive Director of the Orange County Alliance for Just Change (OCAJC). She and Professor Scott Spitzer learn important lessons daily from their children, Avi, Sheindl and Yaira.
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/
Rabbi Noam Raucher
Noam Raucher is originally from Hamden, CT and grew up in a home of Jewish educators and leaders. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2002 with honors in Judaic Studies and Psychology. In 2005 he moved to California to attend the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and was ordained in 2011. His first pulpit was with Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where he worked to build community across faith and racial boundaries with neighboring houses of worship. Until recently he proudly continued his work as the senior rabbi for the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center.
Noam holds a Master’s degree in education, and has been a Fellow with CLI – the Clergy Leadership Incubator – a program for rabbis of visionary leadership and innovative practice. Currently, Noam is pursuing a freelance and independent rabbinate offering his services and guidance to any spiritual seeker interested. You can find out more about his practice at https://rabbiraucher.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.