HaNefesh is a radically inclusive Jewish community where every soul matters. Everyone is encouraged to develop and nurture a healthy spiritual life that includes learning and making a difference in our world.

HaNefesh is a proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and are the only community of our kind within the Reform movement!

Breathing New Life into Judaism

Rabbi Heidi Cohen is described as being inspirational, engaging and uplifting. She cares about Judaism and creating opportunities for all to ‘do Jewish.’ Rabbi Heidi has served the Orange County Jewish community for 24 years bringing her own unique style to all lifecycle and worship events as well engaging all those who are curious to learn and experiment with Jewish living. She engages people of all ages and backgrounds with love and compassion and encourages each person to be the best soul they can be. She brings Judaism to life through song, story and boundless energy.

Jodi Kaufman, RJE
Jewish Life Educator

Judaism is not only a religion reaching into the past, it is centered on embracing the future through creativity and dynamic engagement. Jodi Kaufman embodies all of this through her passion for bringing Judaism to each individual where they are in their own Jewish journey. 

For 27 years, Jodi has delivered high quality Jewish education across the United States. Her reputation as an outstanding educator has earned her the respect and adoration of children, adults, and colleagues.  Jodi is known for her ability to make Judaism relevant and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, with a unique ability to connect with young people with special needs.

Worship & Spirituality

Creating inspiring and uplifting worship services and experiential learning opportunities.



Fostering connections and community through social, educational and spiritual programming.


Lifecycle Events

Providing quality access and  guidance through all life cycle events. 


How to Engage

Cultivating inclusive opportunities to engage with community both online and across the greater Orange County area.