Rabbi Rain Zohav, the education director at Shirat HaNefesh in Chevy Chase, is the new Jewish spiritual advisor at the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington (IFFP).
Zohav succeeds Rabbi Harold White, who died Aug. 31. She will be installed Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. in the Einstein High School cafeteria in Kensington.
She will lead gatherings with the Rev. Julia Jarvis, the project’s spiritual director.
“Interfaith work is a part of my bigger vision of working toward peace and justice in the world and I am thrilled to be joining IFFP to expand my work in this area,” Zohav said in a press release.
Zohav, who was recently ordained by the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, has worked in the Jewish community for 30 years and is a Rockville resident. She began her career as a teacher in supplementary Sunday schools before becoming an education director at a variety of Jewish schools in the Reform movement, Humanistic Judaism and an independent Shabbat school.
She is a frequent contributor to Washington Jewish Week.
Zohav received her undergraduate degree in philosophy and religion from Mary Baldwin College’s adult degree program. She earned a master’s degree in Jewish studies from Gratz College and also is a graduate of the chaplaincy internship program at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where she is involved in a therapeutic storytelling program in its rehabilitation unit.
IFFP is an independent community of more than 100 interfaith families who share and celebrate Jewish and Christian traditions.