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Rabbis Without Borders

Our Mission

Rabbis Without Borders envisions a world where Jewish wisdom is a source for wellbeing for anyone, anywhere. We, the rabbis in the RWB Network, are committed to pushing the borders of what it means to be a rabbi today. We seek to share our Torah in pluralistic, innovative ways grounded by a sense of service to all.

Thinking Beyond Borders

Background

About Rabbis Without Borders

Rabbis Without Borders is the first Rabbinic Network in America which spans denominations, geography and experience. Serving over 2 million people in the United States to date, Rabbis Without Borders is uniquely poised to serve the needs of today’s increasingly diverse American population.

Innovation Through Pluralism

By approaching its work through the lens of pluralism, Rabbis Without Borders creates a space for rabbis to be particularly innovative in their approach to teaching Judaism and bringing people together.

By envisioning a world where Jewish wisdom is a source for wellbeing for anyone anywhere, the rabbis in the RWB Network are committed to serving people wherever they may be: affiliated or not, educated or not, with Jewish connections or not. These rabbis share their Torah in pluralistic, innovative ways grounded by a sense of service to all.

Some Numbers

96%

of RWB Fellows have strengthened and increased their comfort crossing denominational and institutional boundaries.

91%

of RWB Fellows have created new programs in their synagogue/organization.

81%

of RWB Fellows have seen an increase in participation in programs and use of services in their synagogue or organization

Our Team

Director of RWB and Founder of RabbiCareers.com
Rebecca W. Sirbu

Selected as one of the “Most Inspirational Rabbis in America” by The Forward Newspaper, Rabbi Sirbu sits at the leading edge of American Jewish life. She is currently the Director of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders, a pluralist network of rabbis dedicated to serving the needs of all people through creative use of Jewish wisdom. She is also the founder of RabbiCareers.com, making it easier for rabbis and communities of all types to find each other.

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Program Coordinator of RWB and Website Manager of RabbiCareers.com
Shelli Aderman

Shelli Aderman comes to Rabbis Without Borders at Clal and RabbiCareers.com from a varied and exciting background, where she started learning to code computers as a child. As an adult, Shelli continued her fascination with all things behind-the-scenes in a career of theatrical stage management and administration. As the Program Coordinator for Rabbis Without Borders, she gets to use all of her backstage skills in the support of rabbis.

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RWB Service Corps Coordinator
Helaine Ettinger

Rabbi Helaine Ettinger earned her B.A in English Literature from Princeton University, her rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR in 1991 and her Masters in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in 2017. In her rabbinate she has served in small congregations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as serving as the Synagogue Outreach Coordinator for the MetroWest Jewish Health and Healing Center. She currently serves as the rabbi of Philipstown Reform Synagogue in Cold Spring, NY.

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RWB West Coast Coordinator
Tsafi Lev

Rabbi Tsafi Lev is the Rabbis Without Boarders West Coast Coordinator. He is an accomplished speaker and educator. Ordained at JTS, Tsafi gained over a decade of pulpit experience before moving full-time into the true love of his rabbinate, teaching. Part of the founding faculty of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, CA, Tsafi has proudly helped shape the Jewish curriculum of this innovative pluralistic school.

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