Meet Rav Debi Lewis



Even as our world slows to a snail’s pace, the SYVJC is very active and involved. Changes abound, good changes that will carry us through this most difficult of times. One of these exciting changes is the introduction of our new clergy, Rav Debi Lewis. Debi and her wife Traci along with their trio of lively pups live in Santa Barbara and are staples of the Jewish community. Debi has been involved with us in the past filling in for Rabbi Larry when he was ill and other times. We are so fortunate to have such a talented and creative force of energy in our community. To give you just a few examples of her ample ability and experience:

  • Program Director of the Congregation B’nai Brith’s conversion program, teaching and regular meetings with conversion candidates and their families

  • Officiant at traditional lifecycle events - B’nai Mitzvah, funerals, conversions and weddings

  • Leader of weekly Shacharit (morning prayer) service

  • Torah Study Leader

  • Rabbinic voice at monthly “Women of Wisdom” meetings

  • Spiritual and Pastoral counseling

Debi is in her final year at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. Her ordination will be complete in May 2021. Concurrently, she is in chaplaincy training and is working with the Jewish Federation in Santa Barbara.


Should anything arise in your life where you need clergy, please contact Rav Debi. You will find her to be comforting, non-judgemental, warm, knowledgeable and above all, a truly caring rabbi. We are indeed fortunate.

Susie Margolis Pierson


Rav Debi Lewis


the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community 805-693-4243 

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