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Meet Our Rabbinical Graduates 2016

Each of our rabbinical students undertakes a spiritual, emotional and intellectual journey that takes five or six years. But they don’t do it alone. Watch the Class of 2016’s moving tribute to the bonds of friendship forged from a challenging—but ultimately rewarding—path to the rabbinate. Hear them collectively acknowledge and celebrate the moment with the singing of Hallelujah.

Each new rabbi in the class of 2016 has a unique vision for the rabbinate. Meet them all and read about the gifts and values they will bring to their work.

Shelley GoldmanShelley Anne Goldman’s Jewish identity was shaped by her progressive Jewish community outside Chicago and the Habonim Dror youth movement. Her path to the rabbinate has involved organizing for healthcare justice, immigrants and LGBTQ youth. MORE


Greg HershGregory Alexander Hersh is a spiritual seeker who has studied in a Buddhist monastery and learned the Native American art of wilderness tracking. Along the way, he embraced his pintele yid, his Jewish spark. MORE

Marisa Elana JamesMarisa Elana James brings a diverse array of Jewish influences and work experiences to the rabbinate. She also lived in Jerusalem for five years and has a love of literature and poetry.  MORE


Ora Nitkin-KanerOra Leah Nitkin-Kaner is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors and was immersed in Judaism from an early age. She entered rabbinical school to become a Jewish leader and, along the way, became a Reconstructionist.  MORE

Matan PeledMatan Peled is a native Israeli, who was raised on a kibbutz where religious practice was prohibited, yet he began exploring Judaism at the age of six. The belief that everyone should be free to live according to their own beliefs led him to pursue the rabbinate at RRC. MORE

  Nathan WeinerNathan Benjamin Weiner grew up in the Conservative movement and served as a Jewish educator before embarking upon the rabbinic path. He found that Reconstructionist Judaism best spoke to his "vision of a vibrant, evolving and joyous Judaism.”  MORE