Rabbi/Cantor Judy Greenfeld is the founder and spiritual leader of Nachshon Minyan, an alternative Jewish congregation and religious school serving Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Under her leadership, Nachshon Minyan is known for inclusive, innovative yet traditional worship services and programs designed to recharge the mind, heart and spirit in youths and adults alike. These include “ShaHikes” (nature hikes on Shabbat), women’s seders, and “Spa Shabbats.”
Greenfeld describes her mission as one designed to “reach out to the disillusioned, the unaffiliated and the unfulfilled and give them something that is educational, personal and beautiful.” She is the co-author (with Dr. Tamar Frankiel) of two books, Minding the Temple of the Soul and Entering the Temple of Dreams, which detail a new approach to Jewish prayer through movement and meditation. Greenfeld has been profiled in numerous media outlets including the Jewish Journal and BBC Radio. She has also authored articles for a variety of popular online sites including Elite Daily, PureWow and Bustle on topics surrounding religion, faith, forgiveness, spirituality and how to navigate personal relationships.
She did her undergraduate work at the University of Arizona and received her Cantorial ordination, as well as a Master’s Degree, in Jewish Sacred Music from the Academy for Jewish Religion. After working as a Cantor at several traditional temples, Greenfeld established Nachshon Minyan. Several years after her ordination as a Cantor, she returned to the Seminary to become a Rabbi as well. Now, double ordained as both Rabbi and Cantor, she is a true pioneer in today’s Jewish world.
Greenfeld, a former dancer and fitness instructor, has lectured and taught about the power of combining movement and prayer at retreats and synagogues across the United States.
A resident of Los Angeles, California, Greenfeld is the proud mother of two children.
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