- Gender: Female
In Rabbi Matzkin’s Bay Area childhood home, her family held hands around the table to sing “The HaMotzi” melody every night at the start of dinner. Growing up in the Reform movement gave Rabbi Matzkin a love of prayer, creative ritual and outdoor spirituality, and a strong commitment to social justice that she has brought with her into the Conservative movement and other pluralistic settings.
Rabbi Matzkin has taught all ages across the Jewish community nation-wide, including at religious schools, high school programs, camps, retreats, Israel trips, and conversion programs. After studying Music and Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Rabbi Matzkin spent two years working for Hillel of Greater Philadelphia engaging hundreds of college students across the city. In 2009, she received Rabbinic Ordination (“s’michah”) from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, as well as a Masters Degree in Jewish Experiential Education, at the American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism).
While living in Los Angeles, Rabbi Matzkin co-founded Minyan Malei Shirah, an egalitarian, highly musical and spiritual Friday night Shabbat experience in Los Angeles. Rabbi Matzkin has played the flute for over 20 years, and writes niggunim for special occasions. She also loves playing with “Jewish jam bands.” In her (free??) time, Rabbi Matzkin relishes yoga, farmers markets and vegetarian cooking, classical music, and exploring the outdoors. She is married to fellow Jewish educator, Aviv Monarch Matzkin.