Sunday, August 8, 2010

Breaking the Traditional Mold

Our Speaker this week will be Rabbi/Cantor Osnat Margalith and being a woman Rabbi, she will be speaking about "Breaking the Traditional Mold".

Rabbi Margalith was born in Israel and raised in an Orthodox Israeli family. She holds two ordinations as well as a Masters degree in Sacred Music and a Masters degree in Rabbinic Studies, all by the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR-CA). Rabbi Margalith is a member of the Cantors Assembly – the Conservative Cantors’ Association; serves as a community chaplain for OC Jewish Family Services and as a result of her interfaith outreach in Orange County was asked to join the faith leaders’ advisory board of OCICE – Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment.

She has been active and served as a board member of Conservative synagogues in Tampa, Florida and in Orange County as well as in numerous Jewish organizations, day schools and Adult Education and programming such as the Community Scholar Program of Orange County. Rabbi Margalith, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Languages as well as a Masters of Science in Library Science (MSLS).

As a congregational spiritual leader, Rabbi Margalith is looking to make a difference in people’s lives; to provide transformative moments through liturgy and music.

Rabbi Margalith is married to Dr. Avi Margalith and lives in Irvine. They are blessed with three wonderful sons: Guy (a Foreign Service Officer), Gurie (a CPA), Ben (an actor and MFA student). This October, Rabbi Margalith will have the pleasure of officiating at the wedding of her children Gurie and Tiffany Leia.