Felicia L. Sol


Felicia L. Sol


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Rabbi Sol has served as a rabbi at BJ since 2001, becoming the first woman to serve as a rabbi to the community in the congregation’s almost 200-year history.

Rabbi Sol began her initial involvement with the BJ community when she was still a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College. While serving as Family and Youth Director, she created Pnei Shabbat, B’nai Jeshurun’s families’ prayer book.

After Rabbi Sol’s ordination, she became a Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at BJ. During that time, Rabbi Sol edited Zimrat Yah: Prayers and Songs for Shabbat and Festivals.

After two years under the mentorship of Rabbis J. Rolando Matalon and Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Sol joined her teachers in their rabbinic partnership.

She received the 2005 PaceSetter Award and was honored in 2006 as a Partner in Justice by Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps.

Rabbi Sol was featured in the documentary All of the Above: Single, Clergy, Mother and has an essay in the book Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay.

Rabbi Sol earned a BA in Developmental Psychology and Education from Tufts University, a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, her Masters of Hebrew Letters (1996) and rabbinic ordination (1999) also from HUC-JIR.

She served on the board of Bend the Arc for 15 years, and is a member of the rabbinic council of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Raised in Connecticut, Rabbi Sol has a son and a daughter and lives on the Upper West Side.

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