Rabbi Nathaniel Ezray has served at Congregation Beth Jacob since 1995. In partnership with the congregation and building on a foundation of activism and engagement, Rabbi Ezray has created a thriving community where Jewish life, commitment, exploration, growth, and joy thrive. CBj is a community where personal story with all of its diversity is lifted up, deep intergenerational connections are created, and love of learning and Israel is fostered. At CBJ there is a constant innovation and seeking to engage each individual in a meaningful relationship with their Judaism. The warmth of CBJ is genuine, and the difference it makes in people's lives is real.
Before coming to CBJ, he served at Temple Emanual in Newton, Massachusetts. He also served as Director of Camp Arazim in Northern California. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and his undergraduate degree from UCLA in political science.
Rabbi Ezray has been actively involved in the broader Jewish and civic community. He has served on the Board of the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, AIPAC, New Israel Fund, Jewish Healing Center and Peninsula Clergy Network. He serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Board of Shalom Bayit and has been active in the synagogue/Federation partnership.
Rabbi Ezray was born and raised in Sacramento, and is blessed with a winderful wife, Mimi, and two children, Emily and Ethan. His joy as a Rabbi is teaching, building community, and fostering relationships that have developed between him and his congregants and the broader community.