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Meet Rabbi Stacy

Rabbi Stacy Friedman

Rabbi Stacy Friedman, Congregation Rodef Sholom’s senior rabbi, sees Judaism as a rich tradition which can inspire its followers to lift each human being and see within them the divine spark. She joined the congregation in 1993 after posts in New York City, Montana and Victorville, CA and was named senior rabbi in 2003 when her predecessor Rabbi Michael Barenbaum, z"l, retired.

Rabbi Stacy is passionate about prayer and ritual and believes strongly in the power and holiness of Congregation Rodef Sholom.

Dedicated to tikkun olam – repairing the world – she is known for her ardent sermons on social justice issues. Her 2014 Rosh Hashanah drash on mental illness and suicide, for which she received national attention, spearheaded a congregational initiative on the subject. 

Born in Framingham, MA, Rabbi Stacy grew up in New York and Salt Lake City.  She was just 16 when she decided to become a rabbi.  After earning a B.A. degree in Sociology at Brandeis University, she attended Hebrew Union College and was ordained at HUC-Los Angeles Institute of Religion in 1993. 

Rabbi Stacy has spent the last three years studying at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem as a part of their rabbinic fellows program. She has traveled with American Jewish World Service to Guatemala on a fact-finding mission on human trafficking and has lobbied our congresspeople on issues including human trafficking, LGBTQIA+ rights and the environment.

In addition, she represents Congregation Rodef Sholom at the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and Hebrew Union College (HUC).  At home, among her many community involvements are the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, Marin Interfaith Council, the Northern California Board of Rabbis, and the Marin Interfaith Youth Outreach.

Rabbi Stacy is married to Frank Friedman and they have two sons, Adam and Eli.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading fiction, cooking, movies, gardening, traveling and meditation.

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