Rav Natan is a native of São Paulo, Brazil, and a recent graduate of the Conservative Movement’s west coast seminary, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, where he received the prize for Academic Excellence in Rabbinic Literature. He has served as a rabbinic intern at congregations in Marietta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; and São Paulo, and brings to CEH experience teaching children and adults, staffing youth groups and summer camps, creating innovative family-oriented services, providing pastoral care, and leading large and small lifecycle events.
While studying in Israel, Rav Natan studied to become a shochet (ritual slaughterer) and later became the head mashgiach (Kashrut supervisor) for the American Jewish University and Camp Ramah in California. His rabbinic work also is informed by his background in business administration, marketing, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit management.
Rav Natan said, “It is my honor to join the Etz Hayim community. I am humbled to take on the rabbinic leadership at a place where great rabbis have preceded me, and I cannot wait to meet everyone and to learn, pray, and work for a better present and future together. I already have found that the most special treasure of this congregation is the people. The hospitality and warmth I have received thus far, even during a pandemic, is beyond words.”
In his spare time, Rav Natan loves watching football, cooking, biking, studying Talmud, and talking about current events.
Rav Natan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to reach out to introduce yourself and your family.