Rabbi Chai Levy


Rabbi Chai Levy has served the Kol Shofar community since 2002, teaching, listening, celebrating, singing, dancing, and playing music with adults and children of all ages. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where she was awarded the prize in homiletics. She also spent three years living and studying in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University, at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and at Machon Shechter. She is a graduate of the Rabbinic Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

At Kol Shofar, she is the leader of the Kol Neshama Minyan, the Musical Meditation High Holyday services, and is the founder of Kol Shofar’s Center for Jewish Spirituality, which offers opportunities for spiritual learning and growth through meditation, music, and practices that connect mind, body, and spirit. She has served the wider community in various ways, including as a columnist for the “J: the Jewish news weekly of Northern California,” as President of the Board of Rabbis of Northern California, as rabbi-in-residence at Camp Tawonga, as a scholar for the Jewish Community Federation’s Communities of Learning, and teaching and speaking around the Bay Area. Outside of her rabbinic work, Rabbi Chai enjoys dancing and playing bass in a rock band.

Often asked about her unusual name, Chai is an acronym of her given Hebrew name, Chaya-Yehudit, which she interprets to mean “to give thanks to God for life and for being a Jew.” Rabbi Chai and her husband Roger are the proud parents of Ezra Meir, born Hanukkah 2010.


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Yom Kippur Musical Meditation & Traditional Service, September 23, 2015
Sermon- Yom Kippur 2015 Rabbi Chai Levy It’s a Metaphor

Erev Rosh Hashanah Traditional Service, September 13, 2015
Rosh Hashanah: Choose Life by Rabbi Chai Levy 

A sermon from June 20, 2015 
Korach 2015- Rabbi Chai Levy