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Rabbi Levyr abbi Naomi Levy , founder and spiritual leader of Nashuva, a groundbreaking Jewish outreach organization based in Los Angeles, is a unique and passionate voice in the contemporary Jewish world. Through Nashuva, Naomi has been involved in drawing hundreds of unaffiliated Jews back to a Judaism that is soulful, committed to social justice, meaningful, relevant and fun. The Jewish Forward listed Rabbi Levy as one of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders in the nation. Newsweek Magazine named Rabbi Levy in its "Top 50 Rabbis in America" list.

A nationally famous author and speaker, Naomi attended Cornell University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. She was in the first class of women to enter The Jewish Theological Seminary's rabbinical school. At the seminary, Naomi received honors as outstanding underclass student of Talmud and outstanding underclass rabbinical student. She became the first female Conservative rabbi to head a pulpit on the West Coast.
Naomi's first book, To Begin Again, (Knopf) became a national bestseller. She has appeared on NBC's Today Show and on Oprah, and has been featured in Parade, Redbook, Self, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and Los Angeles magazines.

Naomi lectures widely on topics of revitalizing faith, spirituality, healing and prayer. Naomi's latest book, Talking to God, (Knopf) teaches us how reclaiming personal prayer can transform our lives.

In her third book, Hope Will Find You, Naomi shares her journey and the wisdom she gained. She describes with humor and honesty how she came through a time of uncertainty and fear and learned how to stop waiting for life to begin. A natural and engaging storyteller, Levy has written a book filled with invaluable lessons for living in the present and for opening the door to an extraordinary future.

Naomi has been keynote speaker at the Harvard School of Public Health on healing the violence in our society. She has been a repeat keynote speaker for the American Cancer Society on the issue of healing and resiliency. Naomi has been keynote speaker to scores of Jewish organizations and temples. She has also been keynote speaker to rabbis and cantors both Reform and Conservative on the issue of revitalizing synagogue life, prayer, sermons and ritual. Naomi was chosen by her movement to teach Conservative rabbis nationwide how to breathe new life into the High Holy Days.

Naomi was selected by the Los Angeles Times Outlook as one of the 100 most influential Westsiders. Her writings and prayers have been excerpted by numerous organizations including the American Jewish World Service, which recently distributed her Prayer for Overcoming Indifference encouraging people to recite it at their Passover Seders.

Naomi and her latest book, Hope Will Find You, were featured in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal (September 14, 2010 issue).




Rabbi Levy lives in Venice Beach, California with her husband, Robert Eshman, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and their children Adi and Noa.




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