What People Are Saying
I feel so fortunate to have Rabbi Shenefelt and Or Ahavah in our community. I’ve attended the Yom Kippur retreat a number of times and find it to be an incredibly meaningful alternative to traditional services. It has truly changed my feelings about Yom Kippur; instead of dreading the fasting, I look forward to the depth of feeling and inspiration the retreat provides. Rabbi Shenefelt also did the baby naming service for our daughter, Phoebe. It was a touching and heartfelt ceremony and a wonderful way to bless our daughter at the start of her life. Rabbi Shenefelt’s knowledge, spirit, and caring nature are a joy to be around, and I consider her to be an invaluable resource in our Jewish community.
Rabbi Debrah has helped me to understand and connect with my under-appreciated and mostly unfamiliar Jewish heritage. Through personal study-via long distance phone calls-she leads me to the wisdom that is always abundant, but often feels hidden. She is a rare teacher and a joyous leader.
I did not have an extensive Jewish educational background. However, my Jewish identity has always been very important to me. I searched decades to find services to fulfill me spiritually and intellectually. My soul found her home at Or Ahavah.
Rabbi Deb was a support not only to my mother but to all of us. She visited my mother and prayed with her; I have no doubt she cared very deeply about her. She guided us through a very painful time with genuine warmth and concern and, after my mother died, the service she led was peaceful and loving. It brought comfort to us all.
-Ed and Susan G.