Rabbi Rami is an author, teacher and speaker on the subjects of liberal Judaism and contemporary spirituality. He has engaged in serious study and practice of Judaism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism. He combined his experiences with these thought systems to create new liturgies and practices at Temple Beth Or in Miami, a “synagogue and think tank” that he founded in 1981. We are very excited to welcome him to College Heights for the first time.
We welcome back Rev. Jim Burklo, who was pastor of College Heights from 1992–2003. He is currently the Senior Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC. He is also well-known as a progressive Christian author and activist.
Jean Jeffress, MDiv, serves as a lay leader at First Congregational Church of Oakland, a lay-led congregation since 2011. She is a graduate of the American Baptist Seminary of the West at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She preached on Acts 7:55-60, essential workers, Jesus and justice, and how power is never neutral