Emanuel Synagogue's Rabbi is Abby Jacobson, who joined us in 2009.
was born on a cattle ranch in central Florida, outside a small town
called Davenport. At the last census, Davenport boasted 1,200 people
and more than 8,000 head of cattle. She and her family belonged to the
only synagogue in the county, which was more than an hour's drive away;
many of the synagogue's families are involved in agriculture. This
synagogue is Conservative, and its only paid employees are still the
caretaker, the secretary, and the rabbi.
Abby's family moved to Richmond, Virginia, when she was in high school,
and she attended the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
After graduating with a degree in International Affairs, never having
left the East Coast, she got a passport and moved to Jerusalem to
attend the Conservative Yeshiva. There, she devoted two years to
learning Jewish texts – not for a degree, but for the pure joy of
Jewish learning. She was also fortunate enough to meet her husband,
Juan Mejía, on the first day of Talmud class.
By then, Abby had decided to become a rabbi. Her early experiences with
a small Jewish community convinced her of the importance of serving
small communities, bringing Torah and Jewish tradition to the Jewish
world outside the major metropolitan areas. Both Abby and her husband,
Juan, were ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2009.
Juan runs an online Jewish learning center, teaching classes in both
Spanish and English, translating Jewish resources into Spanish, and
helping people with Crypto-Jewish heritage to return to Judaism if they
wish. Abby is proud to be a member of the Emanuel Synagogue family.
The Rabbi wants to meet with you!
Please call (405) 528-2113, ext. 302, to arrange a time to chat.
If you need to contact the Rabbi for any reason, you can also reach her
on her cell phone at (405)-824-9047, or you can e-mail her at