Academy for Jewish Religion, California - Clergy & Alumni Association


Position: Rabbi

Rabbi Mehring is a product of the Reform movement having grown up in San Diego, CA and attending Camp Swig, now Camp Newman, as a kid. Jewish summer camp was responsible for implanting in her the love of Judaism through music, community and creative prayer. She has shared this passion by teaching Hebrew and religious school since she was 15 years old.

She completed her undergraduate education at UCLA and then she received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from USC. For many years she had an orthopedic private practice before answering the call to become a rabbi. She sees this transformation as a perfect fit, moving from physical healing to spiritual healing and she continues a deep commitment to the mitzvah of bikkur holim/attending the sick. She serves as Jewish chaplain at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, CA.

While at AJR, Rabbi Mehring served as a student representative on the Academy’s Long Range Planning Committee and completed internships at Temple Ner Shalom, a Conservative synagogue in San Luis Obispo and has served as cantorial soloist at congregations throughout San Luis Obispo County. Rabbi Mehring began AJR as a cantorial student before redirecting her studies to become a rabbi. Her rabbinic thesis is titled ” The Sh’ma and Her Blessings: Connecting the Soul to the One, with insights from Rabbeinu Bachya Ibn Pakuda”

It is still through Jewish music and the art of the cantorate that this ‘singing rabbi’ finds deep spiritual connection and depth. She has sung locally with Cuesta Master Chorale and currently with Canzona, a women’s chamber vocal ensemble.

Rabbi Mehring is committed to interfaith understanding and dialog. She participated in the 2009 Annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinic Students at Sacred Heart University’s Center for Christian and Jewish Understanding in Fairfield, CT. Her commitment to this work goes beyond finding what is common to our faith traditions, to working towards mutual respect and understanding of our differences. Rabbi Mehring serves on the Advisory Committee of the ADL (Santa Barbara/TriCounties), is a Board member of People of Faith for Justice, a member of the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association, and is the Interfaith Liason for the Jewish Community Center of San Luis Obispo. She is also the rabbinic director and a founding member of the Central Coast Community Chevra Kaddisha.

  • Baby Naming Ceremonies
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring
  • Bereavement Counseling
  • Chevra Kaddisha/Post-Death Ritual
  • Conversion Classes
  • Dedications & New Home Blessings
  • Funerals, Memorial Services & Unveilings
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching/Education
  • Visiting the Sick/Bikkur Cholim
  • Weddings


Thesis Title:
*THE SH’MA AND HER BLESSINGS: Connecting the Soul to the One (2010)

Email: janice.mehring@gmail.com