OCAJC’s Executive Director, Rabbi and Cantor Marcia Tilchin, is the founder of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping OC residents and their families “feel the joy of Jewish.”  Rabbi Tilchin’s dedication to connecting people with what is meaningful to them within Judaism is a signature of her spiritual leadership and service to the OC Jewish community.

Marcia’s passion for helping the stranger, the poor, and the voiceless are rooted in the Jewish values she holds dear.  In August of 2016, she joined forces with Pastor Mark Davis of St Mark Presbyterian Church and a group of committed lay leaders to form the Orange County Alliance for Just Change.

Ordained by both the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Tilchin has served synagogues in Nyack, New York, and Tustin, CA.  She is married to Dr. Scott Spitzer, a professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton and they are the proud parents of Avi, Sheindl and Yaira.