Rabbi Rachel Short

At one point thought to have been the youngest female Rabbi in the United States, Rabbi Rachel Short graduated Magna Cum Laude in only three years from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2008 with degrees in Interpersonal and Public Communications and English. She is a Holistic Healer, Reiki Master Teacher, certified Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Leader and AromaTouch Practitioner. She pursued the Rabbinate while in Israel, where she studied with many Rabbis, including the founding Rabbi of the Kabbalah Center in Tzfat. She studied with Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute in New York City and was ordained by a Beit Din of three Conservative Rabbis in July 2016. Rabbi Rachel, on a mission to modernize Judaism, often raps her sermons and includes yoga, self-healing and meditation into her services and redefines the concept of a synagogue. She is the Founder and President of Ahava ‘Aina, a 501c3 non-profit on a mission to heal the world, and build the first and only Jewish cultural community center and synagogue in East Hawai’i, a sanctuary that provides connections to the sacred and natural healing for All Beings. She believes that is why she was called to the Big Island of Hawai’i, then called to become a Rabbi.

The east side Hawai’i Jewish population has not been a ‘community’ because there has been no venue for gathering, nor a Rabbi. Rabbi Rachel establishing a synagogue in Hilo opens the door for an opportunity to host Shabbat services, community events, yoga, meditation and more. Her goal is to meld those elements to create a Jewish healing/learning center in a way — a synagogue, but for mind, body and spirit. Ultimately, she believes we’re all coming to synagogue to heal and connect with spirit. She also wants to attract those Jews who have been non-observant, but desire to maintain a connection with Jewish history and culture, especially for their children. Unlike being called to the rabbinate in an existing Jewish community, Rabbi Rachel is particularly gratified to have the opportunity to help build a Jewish community for ALL from the ground up.

She also has led numerous Yoga Teacher, Reiki Healer and Reiki Master training certifications for others, and taught many other workshops. Rabbi Rachel is grateful for the opportunity to help others find their own inner healing power, has made it her life’s mission to share the gift of natural healing with the world, and believes that every ONE has the ability to heal themselves of anything naturally and has devoted her life to helping every Being find this inner power. Rabbi Rachel lives off grid on the Big Island of Hawai’i on a 20-acre farm a few miles from the active lava flow with her husband, Kelly, 6 cats and 2 dogs. You can often find her surfing, practicing Yoga on her Stand Up Paddleboard, swimming with dolphins, or meditating at the volcano, when she isn’t “working”.   

Visit her website at www.AhavaAina.org

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