Rabbi Bonnie Koppell
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          A native of Brooklyn, New York, Rabbi Bonnie Koppell currently serves as a Rabbi to the Temple Chai community in Phoenix, AZ. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, she was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2006, and holds a Master’s Degree in Religion from Temple University. Her B.A is from Brandeis University, Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in Philosophy. Rabbi Koppell was one of the first women in the United States to be ordained as a Rabbi. Rabbi Koppell also serves as a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserve.  She currently holds the rank of Colonel.  The first female Rabbi to serve in the U.S. military, she was serves as the Command Chaplain of the 63d Regional Support Command.  She has received many military awards, including two Meritorious Service medals, two Army Achievement medals, an Army Commendation medal and four Army Physical Fitness Excellence awards.  She served a year of active duty in support of Operation Noble Eagle, and was awarded the Global War on Terrorism medal for her service in Iraq in 2005.  She spent Passover in Iraq in 2005 and Khanukka 2005/2006 with Jewish service members in Kuwait and Afghanistan, and was deployed to Iraq for Passover 2006. She returned to Afghanistan in 2008/2009 and celebrated Passover in Kuwait in 2010.

Rabbi Koppell is very active in the community.  She has served as president of the Board of
Directors of the East Valley Child Crisis Center, and is Past President of the Board of Rabbis
Greater Phoenix.  She helped to draft the City of Mesa’s ethics code, and served on the Boards
the Jewish Family and Children’s Service as well as the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Rabbi Koppell has been recognized as “Outstanding Young Leader of the Year” for the City of Mesa,
and is a recipient of the Mesa Martin Luther King Celebration’s “Spirit of Unity” award. 
She received the “Celebration of Success” award from Impact for Enterprising Women. 
Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council recognized Rabbi Koppell as the winner of its
“World of
People” award.  She has served as Grand Marshal for the City of Mesa Veteran’s Day
parade, and was Mesa’s “Woman of the Year” in 2004.  In 2007 she was invited to the
White House to offer the opening prayer at a meeting of Jewish leaders with the President
of the United States. In 2010 she was named as one of the Forward's "Sisterhood 50 - America's Influential Women Rabbis."

Rabbi Koppell’s writings have been published in numerous books and journals, and she is a
frequent newspaper columnist and much sought after speaker. She is married to David
Rubenstein, PhD., an internationally known astrologer. 
They are the parents of two daughters, Jessie and Sarah.
Contact : Rabbi Bonnie Koppell - Phone: 602-628-1728  Email : bkoppell@AzRabbi.com
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