The Rabbis Without Borders Blog

About The Blog

The Rabbis Without Borders blog on My Jewish Learning is an extension of our official program.  On this blog, our participating rabbis share their thoughts on the Jewish tradition and explore contemporary issues in the Jewish world and beyond.  The blog reflects the vibrant diversity of our rabbis: each one representing different denominations, viewpoints, and parts of the country.

Some Of Our Writers

Ruth Abusch-Magder

Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder PhD was a member of the first cohort of Rabbis Without Borders. She completed her doctorate on Jewish cookbooks and domestic Jewish life at Yale University and was ordained at HUC-JIR. She is currently the Director of Education and a Rabbi-in-Residence for Be’chol Lashon a non-profit that celebrates the racial and ethnic diversity of the Jewish community, where her work was recognized by the Covenant Foundation.

A frequent writer on a range of Jewish topics, in a variety of settings, her work has been translated into four languages. She is passionate about helping Jews find ways to connect their personal stories and experiences to that of the Jewish collective through writing and ritual.

Heidi Hoover

Rabbi Heidi Hoover is the rabbi of Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek, a Reform synagogue in Brooklyn, NY. She was ordained in 2011 by the Academy for Jewish Religion (New York) and holds a MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. She is a participant in the Sacred Stories Project, a joint venture between Clal and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Seth Goldstein

Rabbi Seth Goldstein has served as the rabbi of Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, WA since 2003. He was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and also holds an MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a member of the board of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, served as a co-chair of an RRA task force examining issues of Jewish status and identity and is a participant in the Clergy Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Hanan Schlesinger

Rav Hanan divides his time between Israel and the USA. He serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas. In this capacity, he teaches passionate and pluralistic adult education classes on Judaism and spearheads interfaith projects throughout the greater Dallas area. In Israel where he spends most of his time, he serves as the International Director of Roots/Shorashim/Judur – a Palestinian Israeli Grassroots Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence, and Reconciliation, which he helped found in 2014.


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