Rav Ahud Sela
Originally from New Haven, CT. Rabbi Sela became an adopted Californian, receiving his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UC Santa Barbara, where he also met his wife Alisha. After receiving his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, he served as an assistant rabbi at Sinai Temple in Westwood under Rabbi David Wolpe.
Since joining Ramat Zion in 2010, Rabbi Sela has worked tirelessly to make this synagogue a dynamic and vibrant center of Jewish life that meets the needs of our members and our larger community, both spiritually and practically. His religious and academic interests are the connection between Judaism and social justice, our connection to the world and the environment, and the writings of the Chassidic masters. While attending rabbinical school, Rabbi Sela also received a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania and still often teaches on this subject.
Rabbi Sela’s wife Alisha is a native Angelino with deep roots in the community. Her grandfather Rabbi Max Vorspan was a professor and administrator at the University of Judaism. Her father, Rabbi David Vorspan, serves as the rabbi-inresidence at de Toledo High School and as the rabbi for Congregation Shir Ami. As the parent of three children in grade school, Rabbi Sela understands the importance of making Judaism accessible for our member families.