Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall is honored to have served Temple Beth Or's sacred community since 2009. She was previously the Hillel rabbi at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Rabbi Marshall has additionally served synagogues in Ohio and Long Island, New York, cared for patients' pastoral needs at the Jewish Home and Hospital in the Bronx, and worked at The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago and United Jewish Communities in Washington D.C. She enjoys professional leadership within the Central Conference of American Rabbis Professional Development Committee and as the Women’s Rabbinic Network Pacific Northwest Representative.
Rabbi Marshall's passion lies in the connection between Judaism and the environment -- both in nurturing the religious stirrings many feel related to the profound beauty and infinite complexity of nature and helping Jews translate their appreciation of the holiness of the natural world into concerted action to protect our planet.
Rabbi Marshall has led hikes in Washington State and New York and has also participated in ten bike trips in both Israel and the United States raising money to support Jewish environmental justice.
Further developing Beth Or's sacred community and uniting congregants with the elements of Judaism that resonate most profoundly is part of Rabbi Marshall's most meaningful work. Offering insights into Jewish teachings and rituals, her ultimate goal is to empower members to find the spiritual path that captivates them -- to hear Judaism speaking in their voice. Rabbi Marshall especially enjoys the diversity of Temple Beth Or membership and the variety of approaches and perspectives each congregant brings to temple life.
When not working or learning with congregants, you can find Rabbi Marshall on the hiking trail, soaking up the beauty of the northwest, tearing up the pavement on her bicycle, or skiing throughout the Cascade Mountains. She is also a Scrabble fanatic and accepts all Scrabble challenges.
Rabbi Marshall was ordained as a Reform rabbi from Hebrew Union College in 2008. Originally from Chicago, she graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Psychology.
Rabbi Marshall will also be supporting the needs of the local Jewish community and looks forward to meeting you! She can be reached via the contact information to the left.