Rabbi Elan Babchuck is Director of Innovation at Clal, and Founding Director of Glean Incubator, an ecosystem of support where spiritual entrepreneurs receive training, coaching, and mentorship. Prior to joining Clal, he served as Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI, where he became the first religious leader to be named one of the city’s “10 to Watch”. He was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2012 and earned his MBA that year, as well.
Elan has been an entrepreneur for more than half of his life, and has been involved in the founding of multiple ventures, including for-profit and social enterprises. Currently, he is the co-founder of Thrive, which is fiscally sponsored by Clal, and previously he was the Founding Board Chair of Tzedek America. Currently, he serves as a board member of SSDS Greater Boston and as an active leader with JOIN for Justice.
Elan lives in Providence with his wife, Lizzie Pollock, and their children: Micah, 4 years old; and Nessa, 1 year old.