Our Rabbi

Rabbi Mehring is a product of the Reform movement having grown up in San Diego, CA and attending Camp Swig, now Camp Newman, as a kid. Jewish summer camp was responsible for implanting in her the love of Judaism through music, community and creative prayer. She has shared this passion by teaching religious school since she was 15 years old.

She completed her undergraduate education at UCLA and then received a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from USC. For many years, she had an orthopedic private practice before answering the call to become a rabbi. She sees this transformation as a perfect fit, moving from physical healing to spiritual healing and she continues a deep commitment to the mitzvah of bikkur holim/attending the sick.

Rabbi Mehring was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA , a transdenominational seminary for rabbis, cantors and chaplains. As a student intern, she served Temple Ner Shalom, a Conservative synagogue in San Luis Obispo and has served as cantorial soloist at congregations throughout San Luis Obispo County. Rabbi Mehring formally trained as a cantor with Cantors Nathan Lam and Perryne Anker before redirecting her studies to become a rabbi. Her rabbinic thesis was titled " The Sh'ma and Her Blessings: Connecting the Soul to the One, with insights from Rabbeinu Bachya Ibn Pakuda." It is still through Jewish music and the art of the cantorate that this 'singing rabbi' finds deep spiritual connection and depth. She has sung locally with Cuesta Master Chorale and currently with Canzona, a women's chamber vocal ensemble.

Rabbi Mehring is committed to interfaith understanding and dialog. She participated in the 2009 Annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinic Students at Sacred Heart University's Center for Christian and Jewish Understanding in Fairfield, CT. Her commitment to this work goes beyond finding what is common to our faith traditions, to working towards mutual respect and understanding of our differences. She also has a deep commitment to working toward a just world for all and thus serves as a board member for People of Faith for Justice.  Rabbi Mehring is a member of the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association and is the Interfaith Liason for the Jewish Community Center of San Luis Obispo, and rabbinic director for the Central Coast Community Hevra Kadisha. 

Rabbi Janice is available for weddings, baby namings and funerals.   


Fri, October 20 2017 30 Tishrei 5778