Rabbi Julie Benioff joined Temple Emek Shalom in August 2017.
Rabbi Benioff was born and raised in Berkeley, CA, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Master of Arts degree in Professional Communication from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, was ordained as a Mashpiah Ruchanit, spiritual director, from ALEPH’s Hashpa’ah Spiritual Director Training program, and received Rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.
Rabbi Benioff has been a fundraiser, curriculum developer, volunteer chaplain, and has served as an educator for all ages. She participated in Storahtelling’s StorahLAB Summer Jewish Educators Training Institute, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal’s Davennen’ Leadership Training Institute.
Rabbi Benioff envisions a rabbinate in which she collaborates in Jewish community to foster learning, joy, connection, expansiveness, inclusivity, creativity, meaning making, God wrestling, grounding uplifting prayer, and engagement with social and environmental justice. In her spare time she likes to write poetry, hike, paddle board, kayak, cook and spend time with her family.
Rabbi Benioff is the mother of two, and she and her husband, Randall, live in Ashland.