Rabbi Cassi Kail, a native New Yorker, was ordained in 2011 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also received a Masters in Jewish Literature. For the past seven years, she worked as a congregational rabbi for Temple Emanu-El of Utica, NY and then Temple Or Elohim in Jericho, NY. Rabbi Kail is a proud member of the Interfaith Clergy Council of Syosset and Woodbury and Bend The Arc. Previously, she served on the steering committees of InterFaith Matters, Reform Jewish Voice and the Empire State Anti-Poverty Initiative of the Mohawk Valley. While in Seminary, she co-founded a young egalitarian minyan called The Wandering Jews of Astoria, serving unaffiliated Jews in their 20s and 30s.
Rabbi Kail is passionate about worship, Israel, interfaith work, tikkun olam (repairing the world) and building Jewish community. She loves teaching people of all ages, singing, and playing guitar. Rabbi Kail and her husband, Josh are proud parents to their two children, Noam and Talia.