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RAC-CA Governance

RAC-CA seeks to build our collective power to create the California of our dreams. Our structure includes professional staff, a statewide leadership team, issue research groups, and congregational social justice teams. 


Professional Staff

The RAC-CA professional staff includes California Organizing Director Lee Winkelman (Southern California) and Senior California Organizer Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller (Northern California). Legislative Assistant Jacob Greenblatt provides additional support from the RAC office in Washington DC.


Leadership Team

The RAC-CA leadership team is comprised of the clergy and lay leaders across the state who help make decisions about strategy and tactics of RAC-CA. Leadership team members are responsible for attending monthly calls, leading discussions and trainings during webinars and regional gatherings, and advocating for RAC-CA’s work in their home communities.


The current leadership team includes:

Rabbi Josh Aaronson (Temple Judea, Los Angeles)

Rabbi Mona Alfi (Congregation B’Nai Israel, Sacramento)

Rabbi Ken Chasen (Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles)

Rabbi Heidi Cohen (Temple Beth Sholom of Orange County, Santa Ana)

Debbie Coutant (Shir Hadash, Los Gatos)

Rabbi Dara Frimmer (Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles)

Jen Kaufman (Congregation B’Nai Israel, Sacramento)

Rabbi Jay LeVine (Temple Isaiah, Lafayette)

Rabbi Devorah Marcus (Temple Emanu-El, San Diego)

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit (Temple Beth Am, Los Altos Hills)

Rabbi Jason Rodich (Temple Emanuel, San Francisco)

Rabbi Benjamin Ross (Temple Emanuel, San Francisco)

Heidi Segal (Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles)

Rabbi Suzanne Singer (Temple Beth El, Riverside)

Rabbi Lori Stein (Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles)

Rabbi Bekah Stern (Temple Beth El, Berkeley)

Rabbi Ron Stern (Stephen S. Wise Tempe, Los Angeles)


Issue Research Teams

RAC-CA has six issue research teams covering climate change, criminal justice, immigration, health care, housing, and gun violence prevention. These teams collaborate with partner organizations to research bills and ballot measures, make recommendations for our legislative agenda, and help mobilize congregational social justice teams. Learn more about issue research teams here.


Congregational Social Justice Teams

Congregational social justice teams include one clergy member and a few lay leaders from each congregation. These teams take action together and help mobilize their own congregations around social justice issues.