Our Rabbi

Beth Chaverim is led by Rabbi Jodi Kornfeld. As the leader of Beth Chaverim, Jodi is committed to leading by ethical and moral example, listening to the voice of the community and displaying compassion and sensitivity to the community’s needs. As an effective communicator, Rabbi Jodi has a wonderful capacity for instilling a deep knowledge of Judaism, making the knowledge relevant for the community, and fostering a sense of togetherness through communal learning and celebration.

Rabbi Jodi’s experience includes directing a Humanistic Jewish school, teaching religious school, publishing articles on Jewish educational subjects, and presenting at local educational conferences as well as coordinating a national conference for Humanistic Jewish educators.

  • Ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, October 2009
  • Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 2015
  • Master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Spertus College, 2003
  • President of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis
  • Deerfield resident for over 25 years
  • Available to perform life cycle ceremonies including weddings, baby namings and funerals for non-members, as well as members

Rabbi Kornfeld was the guest columnist for the Chicago Jewish News Torah Column, commenting about the Torah portion, Kedoshim on May 2, 2008.  Read her column.

On July 4, 2013, Rabbi Kornfeld was honored to deliver the Declaration of Independence at the Chicago History Museum Independence Day Celebration.  Click here for local news coverage of the event.

Below is a short video of Rabbi Kornfeld describing Humanistic Judaism:

Click here to read Rabbi Kornfeld’s Rosh Hashanah Sermon 2016.

Click here to read Rabbi Kornfeld’s Yom Kippur Sermon 2016.