Rabbi Rachel M. Solomin

Rabbi Rachel Miller Solomin is an educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) in 2001.


Articles by Rabbi Rachel M. Solomin

Who Are Mizrahi Jews?

Though often confused with Sephardic Jews, Mizrahi Jews have a separate Middle Eastern heritage.

Who Are Sephardic Jews?

After their expulsion from Spain in 1492, Sephardic Jews mostly settled in Amsterdam, North Africa and the Middle East.

Who Are Ashkenazi Jews?

The Jewish ethnic identity most readily recognized by North Americans -- the culture of matzah balls, black-hatted Hasidim, and Yiddish -- originated in medieval Germany.

Parents & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation

How to step in and step back.

History of the World

A Traditionalist Perspective

Counting the Jewish Years

How the Jewish year is numbered.

Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrahi and Ethiopian Jews

The Jewish world is more ethnically and racially diverse than many people realize.

Families and Jewish Differences

Bringing us together, tearing us apart.

How to Negotiate Jewish Difference

Tips to Help Your Family Get Along

Interviewing a Synagogue

A questionnaire to help you decide on a shul to attend