A proud San Francisco native, Rabbi Shana Chandler has returned home to serve as spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Tamid following ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2015. Rabbi Shana attended the orthodox Hebrew Academy of San Francisco. After graduating from UCLA in English Literature summa cum laude in 1992, she earned her Master of Education and Bachelor of Hebrew Letters from the American Jewish University.
She served as a cantor for Los Angeles area synagogues continually from 1995-2016, was adjunct professor of Liturgy, Synagogue Skills and Education, and on the administrative staff of the Fingerhut School of Education at American Jewish University, trained more than 400 young people and adults for Bar/Bat Mitzvah over 20 years, and is currently on the faculty of the Florence Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning in Los Angeles, where she teaches Bible, Modern Ethics, Jewish Rituals, and Mysticism/Kabbalah.
Rabbi Shana is known for her deep love of Judaism and insightful classes, her hope to sustain and perpetuate a joyful Jewish presence in the Sunset District, and her passion and commitment to the art of Jewish rituals and ceremonies. She has brought musical, mystical and meditational approaches and blended these with traditional Conservative Jewish practices as Ner Tamid evolves in the 21st century.
A passionate public speaker, performer in Jewish theater and writer of original Purim Spiels, she is also a member of Rabbis Without Borders, a pluralistic nationwide coalition of rabbis and rabbinic students. Rabbi Shana and her husband Andrew have four adored children between them, and one very loved doggie.