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.
In addition, she is a volunteer pastoral care visitor at St Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ and a member of Congregation B’nai Israel, a conservative congregation in Millburn, NJ where she also works with the Board on leadership development as part of the (United Synagogue) SULAM project.
Her work has been published in The Women’s Torah Commentary, The Women’s Haftarah Commentary both published by Jewish Lights, and she has a chapter about Ne’ilah as a rite of passage in Lawrence A. Hoffman’s next book in the “Prayers of Awe” series. She has taught the Melton Adult Mini-Course in its regular format, in a pilot format for parents of younger children and in a graduate class. She is a Past President of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She lived for 5 years in Kfar Saba, Israel where she prepared students with special needs to become Bar and Bat Mitzvah. For the last 17 years she has lived in NJ with her husband and three children.