About Me

Rabbi Jennifer Singer is Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Kol HaNeshama in Sarasota Florida. She served the congregation from 2008 to her retirement at the end of 2022.

In semi-retirement she is concentrating on writing as SRQJew, serving as a Community Rabbi, and leading the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva as Dean.

Rabbi Jennifer is a vibrant and passionate teacher, storyteller, writer, and spiritual guide. She once considered pursuing a career as a cantor, but decided instead to be a singing rabbi.

She has lived in Sarasota since 1998 and previously worked as a endowment director and major gifts fundraiser for the Jewish Federation and the Technion in Haifa, Israel.

She was ordained as both a Rabbi and Spiritual Director by ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal in January 2017, and earned an MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2006. She also holds a BA in journalism. 

She has two adult daughters and currently shares her home with senior rescue dogs named Houdini and Zimra.

Her favorite things are chocolate, Judaism, rescued dogs, antique rocking chairs, and her kids. Not necessarily in that order.


8 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Jerry Ostapowicz said:

    Rabbi…I am a 77 year old who was raised in the Catholic Church. Recently through DNA testing I have learned that my father was 1/2 Jewish on his father’s side. I am at a loss to understand and accept my Jewish Heritage. Any suggestions?


  2. How would I email you an invitation to attend an event in SRQ?


  3. Mark Sharff said:


    Had a recent post forwarded to me.
    Can I receive a weekly email with your post?
    Hope you and your girls are good. Both of our kids are well, and Maggie is sensational.



  4. Estelle Crawford said:

    Dear Jennifer,

    You are quite sane..and blessed… for knowing what you want. The questions you ask revolve about the logistics of getting there.

    What are the necessary steps to reach your goal?
    If you break it down into manageable bites and inlcude the specific areas in which you need help, I believe you will get it.
    Right now, it’s too vague for uninformed folks like me.

    In practicial terms what does it mean to go to rabbinic school? Can one attend part time? What available scholarships are offered? I’m imagining steps, each one moving you closer to your goals.

    You are an amazing and fabulous woman. Put it out there and you will recieve all the necessary support.

    Simplistic? Maybe.
    Go for it!


  5. Sherry Gluchov said:

    I have a friend who is the senior rabbi at a congregation in Knoxville, Tenn. Her emeritus rabbi replaced Andy Bossov at Temple Emanuel. She was a VP at Fannie Mae (back in the 90’s when they were doing good business) when she heard the call. I met her when I was working for the senior rabbi at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, Ohio and she was participating in a Wexberg fellowship. To paraphrase her response when I asked “why?” she said it was a request I could not refuse. I say go for it!!! all the other details will work themselves out.


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