Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Shaareth Israel, Lubbock, TX

Rabbi, Congregation Shaareth Israel, Lubbock, TX July 2007-June 2016

Rabbi, Congregation House of Israel; Spiritual Care Staff Person, Levi Hospital
Psychiatric Ward, Levi Hospital Hospice; Service Manager, Levi Towers, Hot Springs,AR 2003-June 2007

  • Lead Services, teach adults, youth, and children, administer school, synagogue programming
  • Facilitate weekly spiritual care group in locked acute care psychiatric ward
  • Spiritual care staff person on Hospice Team, counsel families
  • Aid low income seniors, connecting with resources, counseling

Bereavement Coordinator, Lion's Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, B.C.; Instructor, Langara
Community College, Vancouver, B.C. 1999-May 2003
Therapist in Private Practice, Vancouver, B.C. 1995-May 2000

  • Designed, implemented and managed Bereavement Services, wrote brochures, facilitated workshops
    for health care professional on grief; trained, supervised, bereavement volunteers
  • Facilitated grief seminars, short term counseling
  • Taught Core course in Health and Dying and Bereavement in one of the two Palliative
    Training programs in the Province of British Colombia, Canada
  • Lecturer University of British Colombia's School of Medicene: School of Rehabilitation Sciences for
    O.T's and P.T's on spirituality, grief and loss
  • Facilitated year long group for interfaith women on the Jewish Moons as Sources for Healing
    and Inspiration
  • Specialized Private Practice in grief, bereavement, loss, transition, spiritual issues

Co-director, Centre for Faith and Healing,Vancouver, B.C. 1999-2000
Instructor, Vancouver School Board Continuing Education 1997-1999
Facilitator, Canuck Children's Hospice, Children's Support Beams, Vancouver, B.C. 1998-2000
Presenter, Vancouver, B.C. 1996-1999

  • Created, designed, programmed new organization for health care professionals; facilitating groups,
    programming offerings; co-facilitated spiritual retreat days for health care professionals; coordinated
    series on death, dying, mourning from spiritual traditions
  • "Women and Spirituality: Opening the Door for our Souls" continuing education class
  • Facilitated adult loss of child group
  • Designed and facilitated group for bereaved children's parents-caregivers
  • Presented: B.C. Palliative Care Conference; Lion's Gate Palliative Care Conference, Richmond Hospital;
    Lion's Gate Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, Langley Hospice, Simon-Fraser University Religious
    Studies, Vancouver School of Theology-UBC Women and Spirituality Conference

Founding Rabbi, Congregation Eitz Or, Seattle, WA 1989-1995
Bereavement Coordinator, Hospice of Seattle 1990-1994
Therapist, Private Practice, Seattle, WA 1990-1991

  • Founding Rabbi; community of unaffiliated Jews; organized visioning days, interface with boards
    and committees, newsletter, media, officiated at life cycle ceremonies, holidays, services, taught
    classes, counseled individuals, couples, families
  • Received grant to research top U.S. Hospice bereavement programs; Created, implemented, and
    administered comprehensive bereavement program; co-constructed and facilitated staff memorial
    retreat, memorial services; Developed, trained and supervised 22 person volunteer team;
    Co-organized volunteer retreats; Facilitate groups, short term counseling, interdisciplinary team
  • Individual, couple therapy

Rabbi, Jewish Community Center, Bremerton,WA and Or Shalom Congregation, Vancouver, B. C 1988-1989
Intern, Lutheran Social Services, Renton, WA 1989-1990

  • Lead services, taught classes/workshops, newsletter columns, life cycle ceremonies, counseling,
    retreat workshops on community identity, priorities
  • Counseling: individual, marital, family therapy; Designed and conducted two staff rituals

Rabbi, Program Director, Herzl Ner Tamid, Mercer Island, WA 1986-1988

  • Guided committees-originated, facilitated programs ( Chavurot, Adult Education, Senior Activities,
    Cultural Arts programs, Youth Board); recruited, monitored volunteer activities; prepared and
    implemented budgets; press-releases; newsletter columns; Supervised two youth advisors;
    worked with Bar/t Mitzvah families; Conducted/coordinated community wide High Holiday services;
    Developed education programs/workshops; taught classes; Counseling: individuals, couples, families

Rabbi, Bet Hat'filot, Olympia, WA and Temple B'nai Or, Everett, WA 1985-1986
Program Coordinator, Lehrhaus Judaica, Hillel, University of WA 1984-1985
Scholar-in-Residence, Young Leadership Retreat, Portland, OR 1984-1985

  • Developed and facilitated Board retreat on community goal setting, long range planning, officiated at
    services, life cycle ceremonies, holidays, counseling individuals, couple
  • Constructed, coordinated community wide adult education program, recruited staff
  • Public speaking, writing, teaching ,media contact, addressed numerous organizations, women's groups,
    University of WA, business clubs, developed and facilitated workshops

Assistant Rabbi, Educator, Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, NY 1979-1982

  • Lead, supervised Religious School: 21 staff, 300 students; religious educational program; responsible
    for personnel, budget development and administration; developed, monitored and implemented
    program and curriculum; guided two teen youth groups and advisors; interfaced with lay boards and
    committees; managed and edited school related publications
  • Officiated at life cycle ceremonies, services, holidays
  • Counseling: individials, families, couples


Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, OH

  • Honorary Doctorate: more than 25 years service to the Jewish community June 2005

Presbyterian Counseling Service (Certified Training Center accredited by the American Association of
Marriage and Family Therapists) Seattle, WA June 1990

  • Two year post graduated program; Certified Marriage and Family Therapist (Additional master level
    courses at Antioch University, Seattle, WA)

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, OH

  • Rabbinic Ordination June 1979
  • Master of Hebrew Letters June 1975

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

  • Bachelor of Arts: Women's Studies, Humanistic Psychology, Higher and Innovative Education
    June 1974



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    Vol. 15. #3. p.20-21
  • Hollander, Vicki, "A Rosh Hodesh Ceremony," in Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality. Ed.
    Ellen Umansky and Dianne Ashton (Boston: Beacon Press, 1992)
  • Hollander, Vicki, "God-Awakening," in The Divine Mosaic, Ed. Theresa King (Saint Paul: Yes
    International Publishers, 1994)
  • Hollander, Vicki, "After a Miscarriage: Hold Me Now", "Weathering the Passage: Jewish Divorce," "A
    Modern Version of the Traditional Confessional Before Dying, " in Lifecycles: Jewish Women on Life
    Passages & Personal Milestone. Volume 1. Ed. Rabbi Debra Orenstein (Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish
    lights Publishing, 1994)
  • Hollander, Vicki, "Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat," "Rosh Chodesh Nisan." in Celebrating the New Moon: A Rosh
    Chodesh Anthology, Ed. Susan Berrin (NJ: Jason Aronson Inc, 1996)
  • Hollander, Vicki, "Health, Healing, and Holidness," "The Gift of an Unsettled Habitat: A Midrash on a
    Midrash on ""In the Wilderness," in Lifecycles: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life,
    Volume 2, Ed. Rabbi Debra Orenstein (Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish
    Lights Publishing, 1997)
  • Hollander, Vicki, "From an opening ceremony", Return of the Goddess Engagement Calendar for 1997,
    compiled and edited by Burleigh Muten. (NY: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1997)
  • Hollander, Vicki, "A Ceremony for a Woman in a Coma Near Death" "On Seeing a Change for the Worst
    and Death is Near". CCAR Journal. Vol. XLV. No. 4. Issue Number one hundred seventy-nine. Fall 1998.

Excerpts of Prose, Liturgy and Poetry in:


  • Klauser, Henriette Anne. Put Your Heart on Paper. (NY: Bantam Books, 1995) p.231-240. Ethical will
  • Dosick, Rabbi Wayne. Dancing with God ( HarperSanFrancisco, 1997) p.133 Prayer
  • Corrigan, John; Eire, Carlose; Denny, Frederick; Jaffee, Martin. Readings in Judaism, Christianity,
    and Islam. (NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998) p. 212-216. Prayers
  • Fields, Harvey J. B'chol L'vavcha. (NY: UAHC Press, 2001.) p. 47. Prayer
  • Meyer, Michael A. and Plaut, W. Gunther. The Reform Judiasm Reader. (NY: UAHC Press, 2001.) pg.97. Prayer