About Rabbi Moshe Tom
Moshe Thomas Heyn is a rabbi, musician, pastoral care professional and spiritual activist who practices and teaches a synthesis of humanism and mysticism. He is the Spiritual Leader of the Coastside Jewish Community, which is celebrating a spiritual renaissance along the breathtakingly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast just south of San Francisco.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Rabbi Tom (a.k.a. "Reb Moshe") received his musical training at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He later earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Master's degree and Rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR.
In the late 1990s, he came to be known in Cincinnati as a respected rabbi and spiritual teacher. In addition to founding and directing the Jewish Spirituality Network of Southwestern Ohio, he served institutions such as Cedar Village, Rockwern Academy,Congregation Beth Adam and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He was awarded by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati for outstanding community service.
In 2010, Rabbi Heyn moved to Vermont to serve Congregation Shir Heharim (Song of the Mountains) and engage in extended periods of hitbonenut and devekut. In 2012, he moved to Miami to become the rabbi of Temple Israel of Greater Miami, where he served for six years before returning to pastoral care as a hospice chaplain for VITAS Healthcare. In July 2019, he finally returned to his "spiritual home," the San Francisco Bay Area, where he continues his work with VITAS and serves as Spiritual Leader of the Coastside Jewish Community. He lives in Half Moon Bay.
Rabbi Heyn has been a popular lecturer and scholar-in-residence at synagogues, churches, and retreat centers. As a musician, he has performed around the country as a soloist, with his band MAMASH, and as one of Cincinnati's Three Jewish Tenors.
Over the years, Rabbi Heyn has met and been influenced by teachers as diverse and renowned as the Dalai Lama, the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Ken Wilber. He spent a decade studying and practicing Eastern approaches to spirituality in the San Francisco Bay Area. He then spent two decades studying and practicing kabbalah under the supervision of rabbis and scholars such as Professor Moshe Idel, Rabbi Arthur Green and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Rabbi Tom brings a wealth of experience, an awareness of the sacred, and a calming presence to any formal or informal interaction. What are you waiting for?