Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director
Karen Lee Erlichman, D.Min, LCSW provides psychotherapy, spiritual direction, So(U)L coaching and mentoring in San Francisco, employing a mind-body-spirit approach to healing. She is also a longtime community faculty member at University of California-San Francisco in the Department of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences. Karen has been in practice for over thirty years and currently serves as senior consultant for Ethics of Care and Resource Development with The Dinner Party, whose mission is to build community for young adults in their 20s and 30s who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Her writing has been published widely in numerous journals, blogs and anthologies, including Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, Tikkun, Feminist Studies in Religion and in the interfaith anthology Spiritual Guidance Across Religions.
Senior Rabbinic Partner
Rabbi Mimi Weisel has leadership experience in a variety of areas, including chaplaincy, education and administration. She has provided spiritual care and bereavement counseling in hospice, served as Rabbi-in-Residence at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco, Assistant Dean at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and Director of Jewish Education and Continuity at the Dave & Mary Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami.
Rabbi Weisel was Chair of the Shalom Bayit Rabbinic Advisory Committee and facilitates their support groups for women who are victims of domestic violence. She also has been a staff member of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center’s Grief and Growing Bereavement Camp. She has also served various synagogues in part time rabbinic roles, and volunteer leadership as board and committee member in the healthcare and Jewish communities.
Prior to entering the Rabbinate, Rabbi Weisel worked in the corporate environment administering career development programs in the aerospace industry. She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998, has a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as various credentials and certificates.
She is married to Paul Hamburg, former Librarian of the Judaica Collection at University of California, Berkeley and is proud mother of rabbi-to-be Michael Shefrin.
Lead Rabbinic Partner
Rabbi Aaron Finkelstein was the founding rabbi of Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, New York, and has been the Assistant Rabbi at Sherith Israel in Nashville, Tennessee since 2014. Originally from California, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Political Science as well as Jewish and Near Eastern Studies, and received semikha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 2011. He serves as the chair of the Nashville Board of Rabbis, was a 2015 – 2016 fellow in Yeshiva University’s certificate program in Experiential Jewish Education, and has taught Judaic Studies at both Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn and Akiva School in Nashville. In addition to hobbies like basketball and cycling, Rabbi Finkelstein is an avid cook and baker, and loves to host meals with his wife Julie.