RABBI MICHELE PASKOW

Michele Paskow serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Emet in Simi Valley where she’s been the rabbi since 1992. She also teaches two Jewish Studies courses at California State University, Northridge, JS 200 - Introduction to Judaism, and JS 300 - Humanities in Ancient and Medieval Jewish Society.

She attended high school for one year in Israel, and later returned for graduate work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Rabbi Paskow received her B.A. in Hebrew Literature from UCLA in 1986, her M.A. in Hebrew Literature in 1989 from the Hebrew Union College and was ordained a rabbi in 1991 from the Hebrew Union College in New York.

While attending Rabbinical School, Michele was the student rabbi in Morgantown, West Virginia. She traveled there on the weekends for three years. 

Rabbi Michele enlisted in the Army Reserves as a chaplain, like her father, Shimon Paskow, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks. They became the first father-daughter chaplains ever to serve in the US military. They have led tours of Israel together for both congregations.

She loves hiking and all outdoor activities.  Michele is the proud mother of two teenage sons.