Rabbi Katie Mizrahi grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where she developed an early love of mountains and other vast untamed natural places (a love which continues to inform her spiritual life). She first came to the Bay Area as a student at Stanford University, and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies, receiving honors for her thesis about the Jewish Renewal Movement in Boulder Colorado. It was during her sophomore year at Stanford that she realized her life’s calling was to become a rabbi.
On the way to the rabbinate, she spent several years living in Jerusalem, where she devoted her time to human rights and peace education work, as well as intensive Jewish learning. During her rabbinical training she worked as a chaplain, a teacher, a student rabbi and a cantor in various communities. She was ordained through the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2005.
Since then, she served as a Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York City, a Visiting Rabbi for Kehilat Kol HaNeshama in Jerusalem, and as Sabbatical Rabbi for West End Synagogue, also in New York City. In August of 2007,she became the Rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community of San Francisco.
Rabbi Katie considers social justice work, Torah learning, gardening, yoga, music, kindness, and time in the natural world to be integral parts of her spiritual practice. She is deeply moved by the privilege of sharing life’s moments of greatest joy and sorrow with her congregants. She feels tremendous gratitude for the gift of being a rabbi – living and working with the intent to nurture justice, holiness and peace in our world and in ourselves. Rabbi Katie is very thankful for the ongoing love and support of her family and friends and her devoted husband, Raj Abbasi. She is delighted and humbled by the blessing of her son, Adam, born December 2010, who is one of her most important spiritual teachers.