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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 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 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 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 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, October 18 2018 9 Cheshvan 5779