Po Ve Sham – Here and There 

Povesham, “Here and There” is the Blog of Rabbi Nico Socolovsky.

I believe in ongoing personal growth

I believe in unfolding wisdom

I believe in building community

I believe in making this world a better place

I believe in the power of Jewish tradition to help ground and elevate our lives

Rabbi Nico Socolovsky

pr2i1a8655Nico (Nicolas) Socolovsky is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos (Greater San Jose) CA. Previously he served as Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Tikvah in Orange County, CA where he was also president of the OC Board of Rabbis and of the Fullerton Interfaith Ministerial Association. He also served on the board of Hillel and the Jewish Federation and is an alternate delegate in the World Zionist Congress.

Nico grew up in Buenos Aires and immigrated to Israel in 2002. He has worked in many different social frameworks, with teenagers, immigrants, ex-prisoners, underprivileged families, and others. In 2010 Nico initiated the Shchuniya, a home for Jewish renaissance in Haifa. He also worked for RHR – Rabbis for Human Rights – directing the Center for Economic Rights in Hadera, Israel. From 2013 to 2015 he lived in Singapore and served several communities in South East Asia.

Nico graduated from Haifa University with a BA in Educational Management and Jewish Thought and an MA in Jewish Thought. Following his studies in the Israeli Rabbinical program of the HUC, both in Israel and in New York, in 2013 Nico was ordained as Rabbi in Jerusalem. In 2021 Nico became an Executive Scholar in non – profit management from Kellogg School of Business.  He is also a fellow in CLI (Hazon) – Clergy Leadership Incubator, dedicated to adaptive leadership and institutional innovation.

Nico lives with his wife Noga,  children Amitai, Nitzan and Guilad, and their dog Athena.

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