Join us for a short and sweet Kavana Community Candle-Lighting on Zoom, led by Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum and Traci Marx, on Wednesday evening, December 1st at 6:30pm-- featuring Chanukah songs, a little Torah, and a communal menorah lighting.
Traci Marx is a musical prayer leader who prays and plays with great joy and deep reverence. Traci found Kavana in 2015 and serves as the Spiritual and Musical Director, where she leads prayer services, Hebrew chanting sessions, and spirituality retreats. Ordained as a Kohenet, Hebrew Priestess, Traci officiates weddings, B’nai mitzvah, memorials, and other life cycle events, utilizing meaningful ritual, heartfelt prayer, and embodied song to elevate as sacred all of life’s experiences. Traci brings music and Jewish ritual to political actions, uplifting community and offering spiritual focus to political work. Traci earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and brings warmth, sensitivity, and attunement to all of her work. Traci parents two children, one of whom recently became a Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Rachel. Traci finds balance and soul-soothing happiness singing Grateful Dead tunes with other musicians in her role as organizer of the Pacific Northwest Deadheads.
Rachel Nussbaum co-founded Kavana in 2006 and serves as its Rabbi and Executive Director. Thanks to her leadership, Kavana has received lots of recognition for its innovative approach to building Jewish community, and Rachel’s responsibilities run the gamut… from teaching and counseling, to dynamic prayer leadership, to re-working the synagogue model for the 21st century. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Rachel holds degrees from Duke University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has been a recipient of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship, the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the AVI CHAI Fellowship, and the Joshua Venture Group Fellowship; more recently she helped to found the Jewish Emergent Network and serves on its executive committee. Rachel resides in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood with her husband Noam Pianko and their three children, and the whole family enjoys the outdoorsy, low-key vibe of the Pacific Northwest.