Rabbi Rayna Gevurtz is originally from Portland, Oregon, where she was raised as an active member of Congregation Beth Israel. After earning her degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon, Rabbi Gevurtz completed her rabbinic studies in 2001 at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In addition to her time here at Temple Bat Yahm, Rabbi Gevurtz has served congregations in Cincinnati and Melbourne, Australia. During her time in Melbourne, Rabbi Gevurtz was the first Rabbi of the King David School, a Progressive Jewish Day School. Temple Bat Yahm is happy to have Rabbi Gevurtz back as part of the clergy, since she was here as an Assistant Rabbi from 2002-2005.
As Part-Time Rabbi at Temple Bat Yahm, Rabbi Gevurtz organizes and leads the JCAL K-2 Family Education Days, leads the monthly WTBY Rosh Chodesh program, and participates bi-monthly Saturday morning Shabbat activities including Torah Study and morning services.