2020-2021 Rabbi Allison Flash is working with KHN as a support rabbi during our current transitional year. Rabbi Flash will focus her support on resourcing our b’nai mitzvah students and their families, providing pastoral care, helping congregants through lifecycle events, and leading Kabbalat Shabbat services.
Rabbi Flash was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998. During her studies, she also earned a Master of Arts in Jewish Education and in Hebrew Letters. Since her ordination, she has served as an Associate Rabbi in Nashville, TN and as a Rabbi – Educator in Seattle, WA. The most meaningful part of being a rabbi for Rabbi Flash is being present for people during their most celebratory and most challenging times.
We are looking forward to working with Rabbi Flash during the coming year. You can find her online here.
2010-2020 Rabbi Zari Weiss served as KHN’s beloved congregational rabbi for the decade from 2010 until the summer of 2020. Under her leadership, KHN expanded programs and services, participated extensively in regional refugee justice efforts, established a synagogue library, selected Mishan T’Filah as the congregational siddur, engaged congregants in a Torah restoration project, strengthened collaborations among progressive Jewish congregations, participated actively in the Faith Action Network and countless other regional and national leadership activities, service projects and congregational initiatives. Rabbi Zari’s famous personal blessings for each bnai mitzvah student reflected Rabbi Zari’s deep involvement with our Hebrew and Shabbat schools and her investment in each student’s success. Her irrepressible love for Torah shined from the bima and drew people from all life experiences and Jewish movements into KHN congregational life.
Before joining KHN, Rabbi Zari served two other congregations before taking a break from congregational service to explore different ways of being a rabbi. Rabbi Weiss studied, served, and taught Spiritual Direction/Spiritual Companioning, being a companion to another person on their spiritual journey. She created a social justice organization here in the Seattle Jewish community. And she served part-time and on an interim basis at a number of congregations in the area.
Rabbi Weiss on KHN, “It is a great community, made up of lovely, thoughtful, insightful and creative people who are committed to cultivating meaningful Jewish lives and exploring and expanding what it means to be Jewish, and a Jewish community, in the 21st Century.”
2009-2010 Rabbi Anson Laytner served as KHN’s Interim Rabbi in 2009, steering us through the transition year after our founding rabbi returned to his hometown. Rabbi Anson established the tradition of the KHN’s Congregational Beit Din, a ‘court’ of three congregants that officially marks each b’nai mitzvah students passage into a full adult member of the congregation at the conclusion of the b’nai mitzvah service.
Now Rabbi Anson is a happily retired liberal rabbi and remains an active member of Kol HaNeshamah. As a volunteer, he serves as president of the Sino-Judaic Institute (www.sino-judaic.org) and edits its journal, Points East. He is also president of Northwest Interfaith.
During his career, he served as program manager for Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry’s Interreligious Initiative, as a hospice chaplain at the Kline Galland Home and a grant-writer for the Jewish Family Service of Seattle, and as executive director of the Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and of Multifaith Works, a Seattle non-profit agency that served people with AIDS. He also directed the Seattle Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council.
Rabbi Laytner is the author of the cult classic “Arguing with God” (Jason Aronson, 1998), co-author of “The Animals’ Lawsuit Against Humanity” (Fons Vitae, 2005), and co-editor of “The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng” (Lexington, 2017), as well as numerous articles. His most recent work is “The Mystery of Suffering and the Meaning of God: Autobiographical and Theological Reflections,” hear Rabbi talk about his book: here. (Wipf and Stock, 2019), a study of god-concepts and the meaning of suffering.
2003-2009 Rabbi Michael Adam Latz was Kol HaNeshamah’s visionary founding rabbi and served the congregation until 2009. Rabbi Michael and a mixed multitude of Jews from every walk of life imagined, then created, a congregation dedicated to participatory, engaged Judaism, connecting spiritual insight with moral action. Under Rabbi Latz’s leadership, KHN established its tradition of multi-generational learning on Shabbat (and visitors can still find every room in the shul filled with children or adults learning Torah!) Insisting that “Love Wins”, Rabbi Michael established KHN’s place in the fight for marriage equality in Washington State and beyond.
Rabbi Michael returned to his hometown of Minneapolis in 2000 where he became Shir Tikvah’s Senior Rabbi. There he continues to bring to Am Israel his boundless energy, heartfelt compassion, and commitment to fostering an authentic Jewish experience. A Wexner Fellow during rabbinical school, Rabbi Latz was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000. He serves on the Executive Leadership Team of Rabbis Against Gun Violence. In 2014, he was named one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.
Rabbi Michael brings his unshakable moral voice to the most urgent social justice issues of our day. With compassion and prophetic clarity, Rabbi Michael calls in the great leaders and the everyday folk to build power for bold right action and lasting social change.