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Our Clergy, Our Staff

Our Spiritual Leader Rabbi Nadav Caine

Rabbi Caine came to the rabbinate from scholarship in the Philosophy of Religion and distinguished engagement in Jewish Education.  Originally from Philadelphia, the son of Rabbi Ivan Caine, Rabbi Caine earned his B.A. in religion and philosophy at Princeton University in 1988 and his Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard University in 1993.  When not in school, our Rabbi lived for two years in Indonesia, and 1 year on kibbutz in Israel.  He then spent nearly ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area, working toward his doctorate at Stanford University under Dr. Arnold Eisen (now chancellor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York) while working in Jewish Education.

While at Stanford University, Rabbi Caine won the Jewish Community Federation’s first annual $10,000 Diller Prize for best Jewish Studies teacher in the Bay Area, as well as the International Academy for Jewish Philosophy’s Essay Prize for his scholarly essay on the thought of Moses Mendelssohn. For two years Rabbi Caine was Director of Peninsula Havurah High in Palo Alto, a community Hebrew High program, which grew from 130 students to 190 students under his leadership.  He served on numerous committees and boards of Jewish institutions while also teaching Jewish Studies at Cal State Hayward and San Jose State University.

At the age of 40, Rabbi Caine moved from academia to the rabbinate, enrolling at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, California, where he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi.

Our Rabbi is passionate about people and works closely with Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, families, and seniors.  His congregational teachings emphasize Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah), comparative religions, Talmud and Midrash, Psychology and Religion, and the relationship of Religion & Science.  Most importantly, Rabbi Caine brings to Ner Tamid a genuine concern for the spiritual lives of all congregants.





Learning Center Director Becky Bar-Lev Henning

Becky Bar-Lev Henning was born in the U.S., but lived in Israel for 6 years as a child. As the daughter of a linguistics professor, she grew up with a love for languages. After earning a Master's Degree in Linguistics with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language, Becky taught English overseas.

Becky says, "I have been involved with Hebrew schools since high school, serving as a teacher's aide through college. My first opportunity as a teacher was during graduate school in Washington D.C. I also taught in Hong Kong's Jewish community. Prior to joining Ner Tamid, I taught a range of grades at my previous Hebrew school for 12 years in addition to tutoring the B'nai Mitzvah students, working with remedial students, and running a 'junior congregation' program.  

I am married with three sons. We live near San Diego State University in east county, where I grew up. My husband and I met in Israel during Junior Year Abroad in college. My oldest son is post Bar-Mitzvah, going into 12th grade. My two youngest sons are in 2nd and 4th grade this year and have joined us at the Sam S. Bloom Learning Center. My goal at the school is to give our children a 'meaning-full' package of Judaism, Torah and Hebrew that will serve as a stepping stone to continued Jewish interest and learning into adulthood."


Administrative Director Jamie Nadel




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