erev rabbi, writer,
mushroom forager, yoga teacher,
(not a human doing)
Erev Rabbi Paige Lincenberg חמה פריידא בת שמחה ויפה feels closest to the earth, to herself, and to the Divine when officiating sacred ceremonies- weddings, baby namings, b’nai mitzvot, conversions, and especially funerals, honoring both the cycles of the earth אדמה and of the earthlings אדם.
Rabbi Paige serves as the Assistant Rabbi for the Mendocino Coast Jewish Community, where she lives nearby in a cabin in an intentional community in the redwood forest. She regularly leads tefillot for Wilderness Torah and Kol HaEmek in Redwood Valley. Paige holds medicine ceremonies and integration support as the Rabbinic Intern for Shefa: Jewish Psychedelic Support, as well as through Fireside Project: Psychedelic Support Line. To deepen this work, she completed a certification as a Psychedelic Guide through the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness. She designs the curriculum for and leads an Earth-based youth education program called Jews in the Wilderness for Temple Beth-El in Humboldt. Erev Rabbi Paige follows in the legacy and teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (z”l), having completed her rabbinical studies at ALEPH, with a specialized certification in Earth-Based Judaism.
When asked to describe either her relationship with Judaism or her relationship with nature, Rabbi Paige often shares the old Hasidic tale of the rabbi’s wise son who would sneak off to the woods from shul to davven. When the rabbi does not understand his son’s choice to pray in the forest rather than inside and confronts his child, declaring that “God is the same everywhere,” his smiling son profoundly responds “but I’m not.”