Rabbi Rain Zohav

Rabbi Rain Zohav, Executive Director, Jews of the Earth

Home base: Washington DC

Rabbi Rain Zohav has been concerned about the environment since participating in the very first Earth Day at UCLA. The information learned that day inspired her to undertake advocacy for a recycling center in her small town. After high school, she made aliyah to Israel, where she first experimented with composting while living and working on Kibutz Shomrat as a landscape gardener. She has also worked as an organic farmer and organized a number of environmental activist campaigns, most recently a letter-writing campaign to the EPA.

Rabbi Rain currently serves as Executive Director of Jews of the Earth, an emerging organization dedicated to honoring the Creator by protecting creation. Jews of the Earth encourages congregational members to take their next steps in reducing their own carbon footprints, as well as that of their synagogue, temple, or havurah.

Before obtaining rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Rain served as education director at both traditional and independent congregations, working with the DC Board of Jewish Education to plan teacher trainings and write curricula. She is a master educator, adept at facilitating meaningful engagement activities for children, youth, and adults.

Please find a sampling of topics that Rabbi Rain can offer your congregation below:

  • “What are your next steps to reduce your carbon footprint?” presented in a light, participatory, and engaging manner.
  • An intergenerational program about our connection to God’s creation, including a group environmental art project.
  • Text study on the case for care of the environment in Jewish thought.
  • A look at the environmental implications of the psalms; can include a collage-making project.
  • Using recycled materials with youth to create original “art with a message” about climate change.

To contact Rabbi Rain, please use her website at www.rabbirain.com