Contact/Speaking Requests

If you’re interested in having me speak at your school, event, retreat, conference, or what-have-you, please email [email protected]. Please don’t contact me in any other way, because I have 100 email addresses and none of them work when I need them to.

Be sure to include the date, location, nearest airport (if outside Richmond, VA),  the speaking fee (if applicable), how long you’d like to have me at your event and any other details.

But first, maybe this will help…

What kind of events do you normally speak at?

Too many to list. Usually synagogues, churches, Hillel and Federation events, college campuses, prisons, peoples living rooms and Limmud conferences. I’m game for any venue.

You’re interesting! What can you do, exactly?

Typically I’m asked to speak about the following:

  • Religion and technology
  • Conversion to Judaism (or my own particular journey to Judaism/becoming a rabbi having been in punk bands)
  • Religion/Judaism and tattoos
  • The future of liberal religion
  • Judaism 101

I can also lead various worship services, provide group spiritual direction, or talk about my cats. Don’t let the title “rabbi” fool you. I’m happy talking about religion in general in interfaith settings.

We can’t afford to pay you. Will you come?

Depends on your location and amount of time you want me at your event. If you make it easy, I’ll make it easy. Please note that speaking fees help to fund PunkTorah and Bonay Kodesh, both are 501(c)3 Jewish non-profit organizations. So let THAT guilt sink in!

Our event is about ____. Can you speak/lead around that topic?

Yep! Just let me know.

Where can I get a picture for our poster/flyer?

Let me know what kind of image, resolution, style you are looking for and I’ll email it to you. I’m highly un-photogenic, so fair warning.

Can you send us a bio we can read before you speak?

I’ll do you one easier…

Rabbi Patrick Beaulier (pronounced BOWL-YUR) is the co-founder of Kehillah, the independent, bold, experimental Jewish community in Richmond, VA. Rabbi Patrick is the founder of several Jewish educational websites including, the first website to offer conversion to Judaism education through Reform, Conservative, Jewish Renewal, Secular Humanistic and Post-Denominational Rabbis around the world.

He has been featured in three books, The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and Reflections, Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal, and Oy Oy Oy Gevalt!: Jews and Punk. He has also been involved in the publication of several books under the PunkTorah label and thousands of blog posts.

He lives in The Fan neighborhood of Richmond with his wife and Kehillah co-founder Rebbetzin Stefanie and two cats, Maggie and Toes, who prefer he would be at home with them watching Battlestar Galactica reruns than anywhere else.