Rabbi Cathy L Felix

Rabbi Felix brings enthusiasm and experience to Temple Beth Am. A long time resident of New Jersey, she has served in small congregations for more than 20 years. Most recently, she was the spiritual leader of the Jewish Center of Sussex County in Newton, New Jersey for over a decade. She has also completed advanced training as a chaplain (Clinical Pastoral Education), and currently serves as one of the Jewish Chaplains at St Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. She brings warmth and compassion as she listens to the hopes and fears of those she works with.

Rabbi Felix earned a BA in linguistics from Yale University, where she was one of the first classes of women at this formerly all-male Ivy. At Yale, she deepened her passion for Judaism with her involvement with Hillel and a regular at Shabbat services. She went on to Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, where she received her ordination in 1980, one of the first 25 women to be ordained. She has served on college campuses and in congregations in the Boston area and then in the New York- New Jersey area.

Rabbi Felix is celebrating her 35th wedding anniversary this year to Rabbi Elliot S Schoenberg. They are the proud parents of three sons, Daniel, Ari and Gabe.