I never imagined growing up in Los Angeles or the Bay Area that I would ever join the military. When I joined the Marine Corps at 18, I never imagined that the 4 years I would spend in uniform in the military Jewish community would connect me to my Jewish identity like nothing else had. I never imagined that reconnection would eventually lead me to a desire to pursue the Rabbinate. Since then, I have used the unique diversity of my experiences, knowledge, and identity as a Jew of Color to help connect people to the wealth of Jewish text, history, values, and traditions. I relish the opportunity every day to learn and teach together as a way to empower people to find their own Jewish identity, whether individually and communally.
While serving as a marine, Erik Uriarte found his Jewish identity. Throughout his time in the military, he stepped up and filled in as a lay leader for Jewish service members when no Rabbi was available.
He was active duty on September 11, and on that fateful night, he felt he needed to be there for all the young Jewish recruits whose lives had just changed forever. While the idea had always been in the back of his mind, this momentous occasion was the first sign that he possessed a desire to be there for his fellows during difficult times.
In 2013, he began his training. Browse this website to learn more.
Erik Uriarte has devoted years to becoming a Rabbi. Below is a timeline of his education and experience: