Video Interview

Spontaneous Blessing

Rabbi Lavey Yitzchak Derby currently serves as Director of Jewish Life at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center. From 1991-2010 he served as the Rabbi of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California where he was instrumental in building a community built on the principles of Torah study, spiritual quest and practice, and social justice. He served as director of Jewish education at the 92nd Street “Y” in New York, and on the national faculty of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He has lectured across the country and taught on subjects ranging from Rabbinic and Jewish thought to Hasidism and contemporary Jewish spirituality. In the summer of 2010 he was named a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and was certified as a Jewish mindfulness meditation teacher by the Institute of Jewish Spirituality.

Rabbi Derby is the Founder and lead teacher of “The Idra: A Community for Jewish Spiritual Learning and Practice” and is the eighth generation direct descendant of Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, for whom he is named – part of a family line of rabbis that traces back to the year 1500.