Meet Or Ha Lev’s Rabbi

Rabbi Debra Smith (“Rabbi Deb”) has received Rabbinic Ordination through the ALEPH Jewish Renewal Rabbinical Seminary. She is the founder and spiritual leader of Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Congregation in Morris County, New Jersey. She is also a Clinical Social Worker and Multicultural Family Therapist.

A major focus of Rabbi Deb’s work is Deep Ecumenism and multi-faith dialogue. She currently serves as co-chair of the NJ Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee and is a co-chair of the Morris County NJ chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom.

Rabbi Deb has served as Scholar in Residence at several local churches where she has taught classes on a variety of topics in Judaism. She also co-facilitates Jewish-Christian dialogue sessions and Jewish-Muslim dialogues with local pastors and imams.

Rabbi Deb is part of the Community Fellows cohort at the Drew University Theological Seminary in NJ.

Life Cycle Events & Conversions

Our rabbi also works with individual and families, children, teens and adults, to perform life cycle events (weddings, baby namings, funerals and memorial services, B’nei Mitzvah preparation and ceremonies). Those considering or pursuing conversion to Judaism can also work privately with Rabbi Deb.

Please see for more information, or to contact her to discuss your interest in life cycle events, B’nei Mitzvah preparation and officiation, or conversion.

Or Ha Lev members receive reduced rates on life cycle ceremony preparation and officiation.

Rabbi Debra Smith