Rabbi Alexis Berk is the Rabbi of Temple Solel in San Diego. Rabbi Berk graduated from the University of California San Diego with honors in Sociology in 1995. From UCSD, she traveled directly to Jerusalem to begin her rabbinical studies. Having received several awards for oratory excellence in homiletics, Rabbi Berk was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000. She became the first Rabbi/Educator of Congregation Micah in Brentwood, Tennessee. Finding deep love for creative Jewish education and full family participation, she deepened her connection to Jewish living at Micah. In 2008, Rabbi Berk became the first female Senior Rabbi of the historic, glorious Touro Synagogue in New Orleans. A complex city with resilient, profound spirituality, Rabbi Berk describes her time at Touro with loving superlatives – it is a place of transformative prayer, expansive thought, fearless engagement, and love. In 2011 Rabbi Berk was chosen as one of Gambit Magazine’s “40 under 40,” – forty individuals under the age of forty whose skills and accomplishments helped make New Orleans a better place to live and work. Rabbi Berk and her husband Bob live in North County, with their two teenage sons and their dog, Russell.