Temple Mishkon Tephilo of Venice will install Rabbi Joshua Katzan as its new rabbi on Sunday, June 13, at 2:00 p.m. This live, online ritual and gathering marks a sacred moment to formalize this relationship.
The 103-year-old synagogue welcomes Rabbi Katzan (pronounced kah-TZAHN) into the community at an auspicious time, as the synagogue, California, and the nation prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Installation chair Michele Prince calls it “a time to recommit ourselves to learn, pray, work, and heal together.” She says, “All participants will have a role in the ritual as we surround Rabbi Katzan with words, songs, and blessings of inspiration and welcome.”
Rabbi Katzan is a native Los Angeleno, and his installation marks a remarkable homecoming after decades of rabbinic work in Denver and New York City. His great-grandparents were founders of Mishkon, his great-grandfather was the synagogue’s first president, and his parents were married at Mishkon.
In the few short months since he joined the Mishkon community, “Rabbi Josh” has won over the congregation with his knowledge, teaching skills, caring, community outreach, and musical talents — and occasionally corny jokes.
The ritual’s main three officiants will be Rabbis Bruce Dollin, Mark Soloway, and Cheryl Peretz, all teachers, friends, and colleagues of Rabbi Katzan.
Rabbi Dollin is the senior rabbi of Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver. Rabbi Soloway is the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, Colorado, and previously was an actor and storyteller in his native London. Rabbi Peretz is the Associate Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies here in Los Angeles. Other Jewish and interfaith clergy from throughout L.A. will be present to bless Rabbi Katzan during the installation, alongside Mishkon’s congregants, friends, and neighbors.
Contact Mishkon Tephilo at (310) 392-3029 or mishkon.org to learn more or RSVP for the ceremony.
Submitted by Temple Mishkon Tephilo