Rabbi Beth Nichols sees the rabbinate as an opportunity to help people form meaningful relationships with Judaism, God and the Jewish people. She strives to make Judaism feel accessible, relevant and applicable by developing and supporting a diversity of ways for people to connect and find meaning.
Rabbi Nichols enjoys the dual role of designing innovative Jewish educational opportunities and serving as a member of the clergy team. She values the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with kids while partnering with parents to support their development. She especially enjoys working with teenagers, who call her “RBN.”
Rabbi Nichols was ordained in 2007 at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also completed her Master of Arts in Jewish Education. Rabbi Nichols most recently served for 13 years as Rabbi and Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, New York, where she oversaw educational programs for all ages. While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Nichols served as an intern at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, CA, Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, CA, and Congregation Beth Shalom in Yuba City, CA.
Rabbi Nichols grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, active at the local Reform temple. As a teenager, the Jewish professionals at her home congregation inspired her to pursue the rabbinate. Rabbi Nichols graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in Religion and Psychology in 2001.