Youth Program Team

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Director of Youth and Family Services

Lynn Gottlieb, one of the first women to become a rabbi in Jewish history, is a “visionary” Jewish educator, feminist, community organizer, peace activist, writer, klezmer dancer, percussionist, visual and ceremonial artist and master storyteller. Over the past 45 years, Lynn has created Jewish and multifaith programming for dozens of organizations including educational programs at Temple Beth Or of the Deaf (NY), Congregation Nahalat Shalom, NM (which she co-founded in 1981- 2006), Fellowship of Reconciliation, Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center (NY), and Interfaith Inventions wilderness peace camps which she directed from 2005 – 2010 (CA). Lynn is well-versed in Ashkenazi, Sefardic and Mizrahi history and traditions and intergenerational, multi-heritage and multi-racial relationship building.  Since she moved to California in 2012, Lynn has offered programs at Urban Adamah, Wilderness Torah, Midrasha, Moshe House, Shomeret Shalom Global Congregation, the Center for Jewish Studies and Kohenet. She serves on the board of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity in California. Lynn is excited to serve as director of youth and family programming at Chochmat HaLev’s Urban Shtetl.


Rabbi Lynn in family room
Ava Monheit

Ava Monheit is a sophomore at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California.  She loves the Arts. An avid musician, Ava sings and plays violin.  She has participated in School plays throughout middle school and high school and also is a part of her schools chorus.  She enjoys the visual arts too. She has been a CIT at various Art Programs and leads a summer drawing for middle schoolers.  Additionally, she loves to hike and be in nature. Since her bat mitzvah with Rabbi Lynn, three years ago, she has continued to be mentored by Rabbi Lynn. Ava is very interested in Social Justice and loves working with children. This is her third year working with Rabbi Lynn and the family program at Chochmat HaLev.

Arlo Blackman-McGrew
Arlo Blackman-McGrew is in the 7th grade. He enjoys reading, sailing, doing math, making video games, and also playing MInecraft and Brawlstars. He loves being in debate club and listening to the Beatles and David Bowie. He is studying with Rabbi Lynn to prepare for his B’Mitzvah.