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Our Rabbi

Rabbi Gilah Langner

Shirat HaNefesh is happy to announce our new rabbi — Gilah Langner.

Rabbi Gilah Langner joined Shirat HaNefesh in July 2016.  Born and raised in Montreal, she has been active in the Washington, D.C. Jewish community for over thirty years, particularly in the field of adult education.

Since her ordination in 2003, Rabbi Langner has served as a rabbinic resource to a variety of congregations, served as the visiting Jewish chaplain at Georgetown University Hospital, taught courses at The George Washington University and Catholic University of America, and co-directed the Washington Jewish Healing Network.  Over the last two years, Rabbi Langner served as principal of Shoreshim Hebrew School in Reston, VA  and Kehila Chadasha Sunday School in Bethesda, Maryland.

Rabbi Gilah was the founding publisher and co-editor of the journal Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism, and is the author of a number of articles and prayers. More details are at and at

Rabbi Langner also currently serves as rabbi of Kol Ami congregation in Arlington, Virginia, and leads meditation sessions at the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington at Adas Israel.

Rabbi Langner welcomes your emails and calls – you can reach her at or at 202-364-3006.

Founding Rabbi — Gerry Serotta

After six years as our founding rabbi, Gerry Serotta was named in July 2014 as Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, succeeding Rev. Clark Lobenstine.

Rabbi Serotta has played a leading role in a variety of interfaith, religious freedom, and human rights causes over many years. All of Shirat HaNefesh’s members are proud of Rabbi Serotta’s passion for promoting interfaith understanding. We also rejoice that he and his wife, Cindy, are remaining as full members of our community.