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Our Rabbi

 

Rabbi Mehring grew up in the Reform movement with Jewish summer camp being responsible for her love of Judaism through music, community and creative prayer.  

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.

Rabbi Mehring received a Master's degree in Rabbinic Studies and was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA, a transdenominational seminary for rabbis, cantors and chaplains. She has served as spiritual leader and rabbi of Congregation Ohr Tzafon since 2007. 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 the  San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and with Canzona, a women's chamber vocal ensemble.

Rabbi Mehring is committed to understanding and dialogue amongst people of varied faith traditions. 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 works toward building a just world for all by service as a board member for People of Faith for Justice,  Community Affairs Council for the Jewish Community Center of San Luis Obispo,  and the North County Clergy Group. She is the rabbinic director for the Central Coast Community Hevra Kadisha. 

Rabbi Janice is available for all lifecyle events including weddings, baby namings and funerals.  

Thu, April 18 2019 13 Nisan 5779