Cassi Kail is the rabbi of Temple Beth El in San Pedro. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she moved to the South Bay in 2019 and quickly fell in love with the community. She is grateful to work alongside incredible clergy and community leaders in the San Pedro Faith Consortium and Harbor Neighborhood Relief Fund, which serves people dealing with economic instability. Rabbi Cassi was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2011. Before coming to California, She served as the Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Utica, NY, where she co-founded an interfaith dialogue and social action group called InterFaith Matters, and served on the board of 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, DEIA, 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.