Rabbi Tracy Klirs

Tracy Guren Klirs was ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1984 in Cincinnati. She has held pulpits in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Odessa, TX; San Bernardino, CA; Potomac, MD; Cumberland, MD, Warrenton, VA, and Charlotte, NC.  She also has enjoyed an extensive career as a Jewish educator, in a Jewish day school and synagogue schools from California to New York, as well as at the helm of a non-profit Israeli educational organization, Melitz America. She has served as a teacher, lecturer, writer, educational consultant, rabbi and chaplain for a number of synagogues and Jewish institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada. 


After completing six years of full-time work as Director of Education and then Associated Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, Rabbi Klirs served as part-time rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Danville, VA; and as a free-lance rabbi in the greater Charlotte area. Rabbi Klirs’ recent work has focused on senior care and outreach; pastoral work; adult education; individual tutoring and creative life cycle events.


Rabbi Klirs is the primary author of The Merit of Our Mothers:  A Bilingual Anthology of Jewish Women’s Prayers and has published a number of articles, primarily on Yiddish literature, including a chapter entitled “Tkhines for Rosh Chodesh:  Women’s Prayers of Devotion” in Celebrating the New Moon:  A Rosh Chodesh Anthology.


Rabbi Klirs is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, serves in the Professional Advisory Group for the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, and is involved in numerous community projects and initiatives. She is excited to begin her new position as the Transitional Rabbi for Temple Kol Tikvah in Davidson.

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