Our Rabbi

Rabbi Mehring is a product of the Reform movement, and Jewish summer camp was responsible for her 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 received a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from USC and for many years, 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 has a deep commitment to the mitzvah of bikkur holim/visiting the sick.

Rabbi Mehring was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA , a transdenominational seminary for rabbis, cantors and chaplains. She served Temple Ner Shalom, a Conservative synagogue as student rabbi and has been a cantorial soloist at congregations throughout San Luis Obispo County. Rabbi Mehring formally trained with Cantors Nathan Lam and Perryne Anker before redirecting her studies to become a rabbi.  It is still through Jewish music 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 and 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.  She is a member of the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association,  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 all lifecyle events including weddings, baby namings and funerals.   


Tue, December 12 2017 24 Kislev 5778