Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Special guest

Rabbi Elliot Kukla was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 2006 and trained in chaplaincy at UCSF Medical Center in 2007. Elliot’s articles and ideas on gender diversity, chronic illness, and healing are published in numerous magazines and anthologized widely including in the New York Times, and his work as a rabbi has been featured nationally, including in the Washington Post and National Geographic. His liturgy that marks loss and transition appear in numerous prayer books and are used in synagogues across the country. He has served as adjunct faculty in pastoral care at Starr King School for the Ministry (a part of the Graduate Theological Seminary of UC Berkeley).

Before joining the rabbinic team at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, Rabbi Kukla organized for economic justice with Clergy and Laity for Economic Justice (CLUE), and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. He has a BA in Religion and Fine Art from the University of Toronto and before attending rabbinical school he worked as an arts journalist in Toronto. He is a painter and enjoys integrating visual art into his work with clients. Elliot lives in Oakland with his wife, son, and a menagerie of animals.

Rabbi Elliot Kukla has been a guest on 1 episode.