Barnard College, Columbia University, 1988
Jewish Theological Seminary, 1988
Baruch College, MBA, 1994
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, 2001
BiographySince 2001, Rabbi Cheryl Peretz has served as one of the deans of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, teaching, counseling, advising and programming. She is also a regular contributor to Today’s Torah, the School’s virtual Torah learning program. In addition to her work at AJU, Rabbi Peretz has served as a pulpit rabbi in Los Angeles area synagogues such as Sinai Temple, and most recently as interim rabbi at Adat Shalom in West Los Angeles.
During her post college years, with a full-time career in marketing consulting for Fortune 500 companies, she volunteered as a teacher in a Hebrew high school, as a board member and committee member in her synagogue, and for the Federation’s Young Leadership Program.
As a teacher in the school, Rabbi Peretz teaches classes in practical rabbinics, creating meaningful and individually expressive lifecycle rituals, and personal and professional development, integrating corporate principles with spiritual dialogue. As Associate Dean, Rabbi Peretz brings experience in marketing, organizational structures, personnel supervising, budget and finance, and staff/board relationship and development, consulting with both rabbis and organizations to create healthy, productive relationships for the Ziegler School.
Since moving to Los Angeles to attend the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Peretz has been an integral part of the Los Angeles Jewish community. She has taught in a variety of synagogues, Havurah groups, schools and other frameworks. She also served as scholar-in-residence for synagogues and organizations throughout North America.
Publications• “Visiting the Sick Has No Limits,” Women’s League Outlook for Conservative Judaism (Spring/Summer 2007)
• “An Evolution in Rite and Prayer,” Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Fall Holidays, 2007
• “Social Justice & The World of Business,” Walking With Justice , 2008
• “Yom Kippur”, Walking with Jewish Holidays, 2010
Additional Professional AccomplishmentsRabbi Peretz is a member of the International Rabbinical Assembly’s Executive Committee, has authored chapters in two forthcoming books, and sits on the RA/USCJ Rabbinic Placement Committee.