Rabbi Nicole Auerbach joined Central Synagogue full-time in 2016, as the Reform Movement’s first-ever Rabbi for Small Groups. She now serves as Central’s Director of Congregational Engagement, directing a wide-range of adult programming. She oversees Central’s “CORE Groups” initiative, which creates and supports lay-led groups of congregants that come together on a regular basis to discuss Jewish ideas, explore shared passions, and build relationships. She also plans trips, retreats, and other special programs geared toward connecting members more deeply with one another, with Central, and with Jewish tradition. Rabbi Auerbach is the author, with Dr. Ron Wolfson and Rabbi Lydia Medwin, of The Relational Judaism Handbook, which offers a step-by-step guide to building deeper relationships within Jewish communities and institutions.
Rabbi Auerbach also leads Central’s new “Mishkan” Shabbat morning service, an intimate, participatory service that allows our members to dive deep into both prayer and Torah.
Ordained by HUC-JIR in New York, Rabbi Auerbach serves as a member of the CCAR delegation to the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism.
As a rabbinical student, Rabbi Auerbach was a Rabbis Without Borders Rabbinical Student Fellow and a Daniel and Bonnie Tisch Rabbinical Fellow. She traveled with the American Jewish World Service to El Salvador as part of its Rabbinical Student Delegation, and served as a founding member of AJWS’s New York Action Committee.
Before rabbinical school, Rabbi Auerbach worked as an attorney for 10 years, first as a federal public defender, and then as a media lawyer specializing in First Amendment issues. She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and two daughters, Catherine and Vivian, who are active members of our LCLJ community.