Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae is the spiritual leader of West End Synagogue. She has a passion for co-creating sacred community and spaces which are inclusive, meaningful, and joyous. Her desire is for each and every person to feel fully seen, embraced, and celebrated as part of the West End Synagogue congregation and extended community.
Rabbi Georgette graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2017 and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow Alum. She served as a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah for two years prior to her ordination. She also served as a rabbinic intern at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore on Long Island and Bristol Jewish Center in Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Georgette works towards building healthier, more vibrant, and just environments through both social activism and pastoral care. She is a member of Bend The Arc’s first Jews of Color Selah cohort, and engages in local and national conversations on inclusion both within and beyond Jewish communities. She served as a chaplain intern at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, Pennsylvania and completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Additionally, Rabbi Georgette has been a member of a Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society) for many years. One of Rabbi Georgette’s areas of focus is to engage and support individuals, families, and communities with regards to the importance of end of life planning.
Prior to the rabbinate, Rabbi Georgette had a career in higher education administration. She earned a joint master’s degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Brandeis University in 2008. She is passionate about education - both formal and informal. She firmly believes in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) 4:1 - Who is wise? One who can learn from every person.
Coming from a military family, Rabbi Georgette was born in Japan and has lived in numerous countries, including Turkey and France. Her time abroad has given her an immense love of languages and diverse cultures and is a source of her commitment to multi-faith and multi-ethnic engagement with communities in New York and around the world. Rabbi Georgette is thrilled to now call New York City home and looks forward to exploring all of its wonders with her family and the West End Synagogue Community.