Rabbi Keilah Lebell grew up in a small rural town in the San Francisco Bay Area. She developed a spiritual life at a young age, inspired by the awe she felt in nature and her earnest love for people. Long after her bat mitzvah, while in college, she reconnected with the Jewish community, and discovered Judaism as a portable home that could hold her, push her to grow, and inspire her to live righteously. After immersing herself in the “Great Books” at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, she actively sought Jewish learning and community. She studied Modern Hebrew at Middlebury College, attended the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, and spent a year at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she fell in love with Jewish texts and her study partner Sam. Keilah and Sam moved to Los Angeles to learn at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, where they were both recently ordained.
Keilah found a home at IKAR in 2012 and taught Limudim during her first two years of rabbinical school. She and Sam celebrated their marriage and the birth of their children, Meir and Della, with IKAR and have developed deep friendships within the community. Keilah has served as a spiritual counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, rabbinic intern at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, and rabbinic intern at the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program. She is passionate about teaching, growing community, and pastoral care. Keilah is thrilled and honored to be joining the IKAR team as our new Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow. Don’t hesitate to reach out to her at email@example.com.