Rabbi Leora J. Frankel
Rabbi Leora J. Frankel strives to create joyful Jewish experiences, re-imagining how ancient traditions can add meaning to modern life and connect us more deeply to the Divine, each other, and our own best selves. Rabbi Frankel is especially passionate about family education and engagement, seeking to empower families to blaze their own spiritual trails while remaining rooted in Judaism’s 4,000 year old tradition.
She joins the Larchmont Temple team after serving Community Synagogue of Rye for the past nine years where she created many innovative programs, including a High Holiday Family Worship experience, an Ethical Parenting series and their popular Shabbat on the Beach services. Rabbi Frankel received the prestigious Young Pioneer Award from the Jewish Education Project and was selected to be a Rabbis Without Borders Rabbinic Fellow.
Rabbi Frankel grew up in central New Jersey, where she was very involved in the Zionist youth movement Young Judaea and its national senior leadership camp, Tel Yehudah. Following a gap year of study and volunteering in Israel, Rabbi Frankel earned dual bachelor’s degrees from Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) as well as a master’s degree in Jewish Education at JTS. She then returned to her Young Judaea roots, working as the National Director of Youth Leadership, before enrolling in HUC-JIR, where she received rabbinic ordination in 2012.
When she is off the bima, Rabbi Frankel loves to Israeli dance, practice guitar, and jog through Manor Park. She lives in Larchmont with her husband, Andrew Sage, and their children, Miriam, Judith, and Caleb.
Rabbi Frankel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.