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Rav Ahud Sela

Originally from New Haven, CT. Rav Sela became an adopted Californian, receiving his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UC Santa Barbara, where he also met his wife Alisha. After receiving his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, he served as an assistant rabbi at Sinai Temple in Westwood under Rabbi David Wolpe.

Since joining Ramat Zion in 2010, Rav Sela has worked tirelessly to make this synagogue a dynamic and vibrant center of Jewish life that meets the needs of our members and our larger community, both spiritually and practically. His religious and academic interests are the connection between Judaism and social justice, our connection to the world and the environment, and the writings of the Chassidic masters. While attending rabbinical school, Rav Sela also received a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania and still often teaches on this subject.

Rav Sela’s wife Alisha is a native Angeleno with deep roots in the community. Her grandfather Rabbi Max Vorspan was a professor and administrator at the University of Judaism (now the AJU). Her father, Rabbi David Vorspan, teaches at de Toledo High School and is the rabbi for Congregation Shir Ami. Rav Sela and Alisha are the proud parents of Yael, Gavi, and Eitan, and as the parent he understands the importance of making Judaism accessible for everyone in our member families.

You can contact Rav Sela by emailing him at

Tue, May 18 2021 7 Sivan 5781