Rabba Rachel Kohl Finegold

Core Semikha, Class of 2013

Kohl Finegold

Rabba Rachel Kohl Finegold is the Director of Education and Spiritual Enrichment at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, one of Canada’s largest synagogues. The first Orthodox woman to serve as synagogue clergy in Canada, Rachel has been the driving force behind many new initiatives to engage young families in synagogue life, and has spearheaded new offerings for young professionals in their 20s and 30s.

Rabba Rachel is the president of the Montreal Board of Rabbis, a vice president of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, and she received the Brenda and Samuel Gewurz Award for Jewish Educational Leadership. She participated in the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a two-year fellowship to help rabbis become transformative change agents in the communities that they serve. She previously served as a member of the clergy of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle in New York, and received her B.A. in Religion from Boston University. Rabba Rachel lives in Montreal with her husband, Rabbi Avi Finegold, and their three daughters.

Available Writings

Title
Type
Category
Topic
Year
The Modern Eshet Chayil - Warrior Woman
Dvar Torah
Ketuvim
Mishlei
May 25, 2021
Power Hour of Torah: The Shavuot Edition
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday
Shavuot
May 12, 2021
If Only…
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Rosh Hashana
2019/5780
Starting the New Year Awake
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Rosh Hashana
2013/5774
Rosh Hashana Address
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Rosh Hashana
2013/5774
We Are Here to Stay
Teshuva
Ordination
Current Articles and Press
February 8, 2017
Big Ideas: Growing Old Ain’t What It Used To Be
Article
October 16, 2018
I Am An Orthodox Clergywoman, And I Am Changing My Title.
Article
June 27, 2019
It’s okay — Anne Frank had “first world problems” too
In the News
April 21, 2020
Leading From Behind
Dvar Torah
Bamidbar
Shelach
January 10, 2019
Moses The Model Mentor
Dvar Torah
Devarim
Vayelech
March 27, 2019
The Rabbinic Intrapreneur
Article
December 4, 2019
Family Education: Lessons from Sesame Street
In the News
April 28, 2019
The Maharat Behind the Mechitzah
Fall 2016

In the News

Title
Publication
Published
The Changing Face of the Rabbinate
Tablet Magazine
June 8, 2021
14 Jewish Women To Watch in 2014
The Forward
December 31, 2013
With synagogues off-limits for the High Holidays, attention is turning to Jewish practice at home
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
August 14, 2020