Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, PHD

progressive lifecycle
inclusive judaism

Looking for an officiant to create a personal, meaningful, spiritual celebration? Seeking an engaging and inspiring speaker for your college campus, synagogue, or community? Named one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis by the Jewish daily Forward, Rabbi Nikki combines a high-level academic background with an approachable, pastoral presence. She connects folks to the breadth and depth of Jewish tradition through inclusive, innovative and insightful Jewish teaching, speaking, and ritual.

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lifecycle & ritual

Your wedding, baby naming, memorial, or other important transition deserves more than a canned ceremony. Together we’ll explore existing customs and talk about your needs and values so that I can craft an experience that connects you and your community to a sense of relevant spirituality, deep Jewish learning, and broad peoplehood. I am especially passionate about providing a sense of rootedness and validation for interfaith families and queer folks seeking to affirm and embrace Judaism in their lives.

speaking and teaching

Rabbi Nikki currently works full-time at New York University’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, where she teaches, mentors, and leads Reform Shabbat and holiday services in a pluralistic setting. A current member of the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, she is a Supervisor and Senior Track Adviser for Hillel International’s Springboard Fellowship and a Field Mentor for the Rubinstein Foundation’s program funding Reform Rabbis on college campuses. As a freelance rabbi, she can speak and teach on issues of emerging adulthood, feminism, sexuality, gender identity and expression, conversion, inclusion, and a host of other topics.

 

presentations & workshops

Facing Inclusion (HIGA Hillel Talks, December 2018)

Exodus: NYU’s Annual Queer Seder (2014-present)

Pastoral Care: When Personal Views Clash with Students' Views (NYU certificate, Leading Spiritual Diversity in Higher Education, July 2018)

Bad Sex (Consent on Campus) (Hillel International Senior Jewish Educator Monthly Webinar, February 2018)

Annual Forum on Religion (NYC Middle School 890 Forum on Religion, February 2018 & 2019)

Beyond the Binary: What Millennials Know about Gender (Women’s Rabbinic Network Webinar, November 2017)

Allyship 101 (Collegiate Leadership Internship Program, June 2017)

Mean Girls: Women’s Friendships in Torah (Chutzpanit women’s empowerment, June 2017)

Let’s Talk about Sex (in a liberal Jewish way) (Adult Ed panel, Central Synagogue, December 2014)

Pride Shabbat (Guest Speaker, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, June 2013)

 

publications

Integrating our Stories: LGBTQ Folks in the Jewish Community (A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path, 2018)

Do our Kids Need Trigger Warnings this Year? (Kveller, August 2017)

Blessed is God Who Changes Us: Theological Que(e)ries (The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality, 2014)

The Asentath Cycle: Poems of Identity and Heritage (CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Summer 2014)

Sanctifying the Fulfillment of a Covenant: A Same-Sex ‘Re-Marriage (ReformJudaism.org, June 2014)

 
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testimonials

From the moment my husband and I met Rabbi Nikki, we felt at ease and knew she was the only choice for us for our wedding. Nikki is understanding, easy to work with, non-judgmental, funny, and extremely smart. She understood what was important to us in our wedding ceremony and made it happen. She is very detail-oriented and takes the responsibility and honor of performing a wedding with all the seriousness that it deserves. Nikki supported us in the months leading up to our wedding and even after. Nikki has been a constant in other lifecycle events too - she attended my father’s funeral and celebrated our son’s birth. We consider Nikki to be a lifelong friend.
— Louise & Dan, New York City
We felt distinctly blessed to find Nikki as our rabbi. In meetings ahead of the wedding, she provided intellectual, spiritual, and emotional guidance, and worked with us to design a ceremony that honored and fulfilled our own connections to Judaism and to each other. We heard from a number of friends and relatives how moving the ceremony was—it doesn’t hurt that she has a great singing voice—and one of my mother’s friends even decided to become a rabbi herself.
— Will & Irina, Queens NY
Rabbi Nikki was so supportive and wonderful through the entire process of planning our ceremony and Ketubah. Being queer and wanting a Jewish wedding- even though one of us was not Jewish- we were worried we would not be able to find a Rabbi willing to marry us. She had nothing but love and understanding for us, and that shined through in her beautifully written and thoughtful words on our magical day.
— Noah & Eli, Brooklyn NY

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