The Lab/Shul Community is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Kerry Chaplin, joining us this coming summer as our first Rabbinic Fellow of the Jewish Emergent Network. Scroll down to read more about Kerry and click HERE to meet the first group of fellows.
“I’m so heartened to be joining this intensely creative and caring community. I look forward to celebrating our holidays and our joys together, to walking through our challenges together, and to praying under a giant talit together. Thanks for welcoming me to Lab/Shul.”
Ordained in 2015 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Kerry Chaplin has been serving college students and other university constituents for the past three years – first as the Rabbinic Intern at Hillel at UCLA and then as the Director of Jewish Life and Assistant Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar College.
Relationship is at the core of Kerry’s rabbinate and her inspiration to work towards justice and peace. Kerry’s own relationship with Judaism and Jewishness is anchored in tradition and evolving towards intersectional spirituality, in which our greatest socio-political challenges inform our religious identities and practices, and help us to become more of who we are in the world. Through projects like Two Faiths One Prayer and Talmud + Yoga, Kerry encourages others to bring all of who they are to Torah, and Torah to all the pieces of who they are.
She received both a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.A. in Non-Profit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. A former rugby player, Kerry misses her nationally ranked #4 Santa Monica Women’s Rugby team. She lives with her wife Julia, their cats Izzy and Louie, and their dog Charlie (Chaplin).