Rabbi Nico’s warm nature and thoughtful insights inspire his vision of Temple Beth Tikvah’s congregation as a sacred community. On the bimah, in the classroom, in his study, and throughout the community, Rabbi Nico encourages us to find personal meaning through Jewish celebration., exploration, and participation. Rabbi Nico sometimes gets lost in the joy of prayer, and it is hard not to be inspired by his uplifting melodies and gentle words of comfort. His sermons provoke our thoughts and speak to our hearts.
Rabbi Nico Socolovsky
Rabbi Nico Socolovsky came to Temple Beth Tikvah in 2015. Nico grew up in Buenos Aires and made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in 2002. Over the years he has worked in many different social frameworks, with teenagers, immigrants, ex-prisoners, underprivileged families, and others.
In 2010 Nico initiated the Shchuniya, home for Jewish renaissance in Haifa. He also worked for RHR – Rabbis for Human Rights, directing the Center Economical for Rights in Hadera, Israel.
Nico graduated from Haifa University with his BA in Education and Jewish Thought and an MA in Jewish Thought – concentrating on Religions’ Sciences – at the Haifa University. Following his studies in the Israeli Rabbinical program of the HUC, both in Israel and in New York, in 2013 Nico was ordained as Rabbi in Jerusalem.
Nico came to California after spending two years in Singapore, where he offered rabbinical accompaniment and services within Singapore and in its surroundings, as well as works on his own scholastic and musical projects.
Rabbi Nico is deeply committed to the search of deep and relevant Judaism. He often explains that each one of us, out of his own position, seeks a life with meaning, with layers of depth and sacredness. Judaism deals with making meaning available, it provides us with sort of “binoculars” through which we can look at the world and experience these layers.
Regrettably, this opportunity sometimes gets missed through the struggle between here and there. There is a mistaken assumption that in order to experience or to participate one should change his world conceptions, leave his own “here” and adopt somebody else’s.
But you seek from there! Here and there are relative to each other, and it is wrong to assume that we should all be at the same position in order to experience meaning. Understanding the there, seeking and asking from there, is the key to relevant Judaism.
Your “here”, perhaps my “there”, is not wrong, it is yours and from there it is possible to experience, to deepen, to be moved, one should only ask. “But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find Him” (Deut. 4:29).
Rabbi Nico lives with his wife Noga, children Amitai, Nitzan and Guilad and their dog Sancho.
Elana Rabishaw is a third year Rabbinic Education student at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. Born and raised in LA, Elana is happy to be back in California after earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison (Go Badgers!), where she was a double major in Community and Nonprofit Leadership and Modern Hebrew. Following her year in Israel, Elana served as the Student Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Yakima, Washington. If graduate students had free time, Elana would enjoy spending time outside and along the ocean, watching all of the Chicago sports, and playing mahjong.
Director of Communications and Community Engagement
It seems that Miriam was born into Jewish service. She began her journey at TBT when she was a student at the religious school. By age 16, her passion for everything Jewish prompted her to become a student teacher and secretary for the synagogue. She followed that by earning a B.A. in both Religion and Sociology from CSU Fullerton and went on to get her Master’s Degree in Education from American Jewish University.
Since those early beginnings almost 50 years ago, she has served Temple Beth Tikvah as Director of Education, Temple Administrator, and now Director of Communications and Community Engagement. She is actively involved with the Union for Reform Judaism and Orange County Jewish Community Center. Her love for Israel has prompted her to lead travel groups to Israel and assisted in fundraising efforts for Israeli soldiers.
First and foremost, Miriam is TBT’s #1 resource for congregants and Orange County community needs. Through TBT’s Caring Community, Crochet Club, Mitzvah Meals and Social Committees, she has connected congregants with resources and encourage giving back to those in need.
Erica started her journey at TBT in 1999. Over the years Erica has become a very important part of our family. She now overseas Temple Operations as the Temple Administrator. You can see Erica constantly working with our professional team as well with our lay leaders to assure the success of all our activities.
Erica volunteers with a non-profit organization who does TNR (trap neuter and return) on over 30 feral cat colonies, helping to reduce the suffering and population of homeless cats in the Fullerton and Anaheim areas.
Erica is the go-to person for employees and congregants alike.