Rabbi Max Chaiken

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Rabbi Max Chaiken was ordained in 2018 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California, where he directs the Open Yad Project, a startup young adult community, in addition to teaching and pastoral responsibilities. He also works on congregational music, social justice, and social media. He lives with his husband, Rabbi Danny Shapiro, and their dog, Oogie (which is short for cookie monster, in Hebrew!)

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA

Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood, CA

Dynamic Preaching

Watch or read some of Max's sermons from his time at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. 

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA

Poetry & Writing

Max loves to write both poetry and prose, and recently co-authored an article for CCAR press’ publication The Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Zionism. He also has a chapter in the upcoming CCAR press publication The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic, scheduled for publication in spring of 2019. 

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