Meet the Staff

Rabbi Eric and Chaya Ertel


Chaya, originally from Chicago and Los Angeles is an educator, specializing in teaching women. She studied at Hebrew University and completed her Bachelors in Humanties while in Israel. She then studied and received a certificate as a teacher for new brides on Jewish marriage.

Rabbi E, originally from New Jersey, has many and varied interests. He was the host of his own TV public access talk show and is an avid runner. Rabbi E lived on a kibbutz in Israel, and then remained living and studying in Israel for several years. In the spring of 2002, he received his rabbinic ordination. Now called the “Running Rabbi” Rabbi E started the organization “Running for Israel”. He led other motivated runners in the 2004 and 2005 New York City Marathons to raise money for causes that support Israel.

Since returning to the United States in 2002, Rabbi E and Chaya have been teaching classes, running trips, social events, and have hosted hundreds of people at their home for Shabbat meals. Now, along with their four daughters and one son, they live in San Diego and do what they do best: teach, host, and inspire.