Reb David Shneyer
Reb David Shneyer has been Kehila Chadasha’s spiritual leader and Judaist since our founding in 1978. He studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in Israel, earning degrees in Judaic studies from Rutgers Unversity and Baltimore Hebrew College. In 2001 Reb David received his “semicha” ordination from the Aleph Seminary founded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shlomi.
A past president of Ohalah, the Rabbinic Association of Jewish Renewal Rabbis, Reb David is also a musician and composer of new liturgical music. He is a founder of Yachad, the Jewish Housing Development Corporation, Jews United for Justice, and the Jewish Folk Arts Festival. He is active in the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the Montgomery Countryside Alliance and also Rabbis for Human Rights.
In 1990 he founded Am Kolel, an independent and progressive Jewish community that operates the Sanctuary Retreat Center and sponsors many events in the larger community.
Rav Laurie Green
Rav Laurie is excited to join Kehila with her wife, Mira, and their children, August and Solveig. Rav Laurie is passionate about social justice, radical hospitality, community building and pastoral care. She comes to us from Congregation Bet Mishpachah in Washington, D.C., having previously served as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, NY, and the first ordained rabbi at Aspen Jewish Congregation.
With over twenty years as a Jewish educator, Rav Laurie has extensive experience in supplemental schools, camps, youth movements, service learning, community organizing, and curriculum development. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at NY Presbyterian Hospital and her community organizing training as a fellow with Jewish Funds for Justice.
She received her Masters of Jewish Literature and ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
LIFE CYCLE EVENTS
We provide guidance, resources and officiation to our members and their loved ones for all life cycle events.
Britot: We perform baby-naming ceremonies for boys and girls. For boys, we offer recommendations and advice regarding ritual circumcision.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah: We offer counseling, training, guidance and help in planning the service and in serving as an officiate.
Weddings: We counsel and help couples design their marriage ceremonies. We officiate at interfaith marriages and same-sex marriages. We also provide counseling and resources for creating a Jewish home.
Conversion: For individuals interested in embracing Judaism we provide guidance, mentoring, and planning the conversion day.
End of Life: We offer pastoral counseling and visits to those in need.
Funerals: We are a member of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington. We offer counseling and officiating at funerals and during the shiva period.