Rabbi Deborah Silver is delighted and honored to be joining IKAR as an Associate Rabbi. Most recently she served as the Rabbi of Shir Chadash, New Orleans, having followed her ordination from the Ziegler School with six years as Assistant Rabbi at Adat Ari El, Valley Village. Since her return to LA, she worked as an adjunct professor at the Ziegler School, and co-authored two teshuvot for the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee of Jewish Law and Standards.
Rabbi Silver was born and brought up in London, England. She holds a Master’s degree in Hebrew Studies from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and a further MA in Theory and Practice of Literary Translation from the University of Essex, England. After completing her studies she worked as an attorney at Mishcon de Reya, and at BPP Law School as an assistant professor, before setting herself on a new path midlife to make manifest her growing wish to serve the Jewish people and our tradition, using music, prayer, poetry and yoga alongside traditional text and rituals to explore its riches.[email protected].Rabbi Silver lives in Studio City with her friend (and IKAR member) Jo Pitesky. They and some other friends plan to age together in community – assuming they can find space for everyone’s books. Rabbi Silver looks forward to meeting you, learning your stories and your values and finding out what brings you meaning. Together we will create more entrances to Jewish wisdom, uncover its treasures and claim it even more joyously as our own. Email her at