"SHALOHA" (Shalom AND Aloha) Rabbi Rachel Short Welcomed to the UJUC

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The Union of Jewish Universalist Communities welcomes Rabbi Rachel Short and the Jewish Community of East Hawaii as its newest members.

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Rabbi Blane stated: "The Union is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Short as a member of the UJUC and offer our support for the work she is doing. Her creative and eclectic approach to liturgy is both inspiring and healing."

Rabbi Steven Blane, a founder of the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities (UJUC), is pleased to announce the acceptance of its newest member rabbi, Rabbi Rachel Short. Rabbi Short and her community are located on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Rabbi Blane stated: "The Union is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Short as a member of the UJUC and offer our support for the work she is doing. Her creative and eclectic approach to liturgy is both inspiring and healing."

Rabbi Short was ordained by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute ("JSLI") in July 2017. Her husband, a Jew by Choice, recently finalized his conversion process with Rabbi Blane and Sim Shalom online.

Rabbi Short is working with the Jewish community located on Hawai'i, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Her goal is to incorporate many different elements to make the service/experience almost like a Jewish healing/learning center - a synagogue, but for the mind, body, and spirit. Rabbi Short stated: "At the end of the day, I believe that's why people come to synagogue, to heal and connect with spirit."

Rabbi Short is the founder of "Ahava 'Aina" (the name is a blend of Hebrew and Hawaiian that means "love land" or "loving what gives"), a synagogue/healing/learning center presently located on their 20-acre property. Rabbi Short holds monthly Shabbat Services in addition to special services for Rosh Chodesh, Rosh Hashanah and more. Last year, she led a Passover Seder for over 50 islanders of all faiths, and had over 125 in attendance at their recent Hanukkah celebration. The community response to her synagogue has been so overwhelming that they've outgrown the space. A board of prominent community members was formed to establish a new location for Ahava 'Aina.
More information about Rabbi Short and the Ahava 'Aina community can be found at [https://www.ahavaaina.com

The UJUC is a group of progressively minded rabbis and their communities who welcome participants from all walks of life. The Union seeks to nurture the greater good by emphasizing compassion and love for all humankind through the lens of Jewish history, liturgy, rituals, traditional texts, and holidays.

About Sim Shalom and UJUC

Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue, which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Sim Shalom provides accessible and short services every weeknight and Shabbat and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, and conversion and life cycle ceremonies. Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Spiritual Leader's Institute, the online professional rabbinical program.

Sim Shalom and Rabbi Blane are one of the Founding communities of the Union of Jewish Universalist communities. For more information call 201-338-0165.

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