Contributors (A→Z)

Richard Boruch Rabinowitz
Since 1991, Richard Boruch Rabinowitz has served as Executive Director of Development for the kiruv organization, Aish International.
Jonah Rank
Rabbi Jonah Rank is a musician, writer and educator. Thon currently serves Shaar Shalom in Halifax, Nova Scotia as the community's Maskil ("Teacher of Tradition"). Thon most recently taught Jewish Studies at the Middle School of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan. Prior to becoming a rabbi, Rank co-founded and served as Creative Co-Director of Jewish Eyes On The Arts; worked as the Secretary of Mahzor Lev Shalem (Rabbinical Assembly: 2010) and Siddur Lev Shalem (RA: 2015). A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, thons music has earned Rabbi Rank a place among The Forward's Soundtrack of Our Spirit. Jonah Rank was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2015, from where thon holds a M.A. in Jewish Thought; and a B.A. in Jewish Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary (2010), earned jointly with thons B.A. in Music from Columbia University. Jonah married thons life-partner Raysh Weiss in August 2013.
Seril Rappaport was the daughter of R' Yaakov (Yankev) Segal, known as the Maggid of Dubno (1741-1804). She married R' Mordecai Katz Rappoport, rebbe at Oleksiniec in southern Poland in the late 1700s. Often referred to as Rebbetzin Seril, she was most likely the firzogerin in her husband's synagogue, leading the women in prayer. She also wrote original prayers, highlighting specific lines from the siddur (the order of prayers used in the synagogue) as well as biblical verses, and using them as inspirations for new meditations and appeals to God. Her best-known prayers were "Tkhine of the Matriarchs for the New Moon," containing an appeal to God in Aramaic and in Yiddish, and "Tkhine of the Matriarchs for the Blowing of the Shofar." (from The JPS Guide to Jewish Women: 600 1900 C.E. ed. Emily Taitz, Sondra Henry, Cheryl Tallan, Philadelphia: JPS, 2003, p.216)
Laurie Rappeport lives in Safed, Israel. She teaches about Israel and Judaism online to day school and afternoon school students in North America and is involved in Safed tourism. She has studied Safed's history as a refuge for Jews and kabbalists who fled the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions and this has fueled her interest in the history of the first Jews in Colonial United States.
Eyal Raviv
Eyal Raviv teaches in Texas with Teach for America . "I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing – a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – in integral function of the universe." -- R. Buckminster Fuller, I Seem to Be a Verb (1970)
Yaakov Reef
Rabbi Yaakov Reef is the Program Manager at Hazon’s Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. He has over a decade of experience as an activist for the environment and for LGBTQ social causes. He loves contra dancing, reading science fiction novels, and is an avid backpacker.
Abraham Regelson (translation)
Abraham Regelson (1896–1981; אברהם רגלסון) was an Israeli Hebrew poet, author, children's author, translator, and editor. In 1964, Regelson was awarded the Brenner Prize. In 1972, he was awarded the Bialik Prize for literature. In 1976, he won the Neuman Prize from New York University's (NYU) Hebrew Department for his contribution to Hebrew literature.
Dr. Sara Reguer
Sara Reguer is professor of Judaic studies. She has been chair of the department since 1985. In addition to teaching at Brooklyn College, she taught at Yeshiva University, Hofstra University and the University of Naples, Italy.
Steven I. Rein
Originally from Fairfield, New Jersey, Rabbi Steven I. Rein received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also earned an M.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Graduate School at JTS. He joined Agudas Achim Congregation in 2014 after five years as the Assistant Rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. Outside of his synagogue responsibilities, Rabbi Rein is a reserve chaplain in the United States Air Force. Commissioned in 2005 he has served at Hanscom AFB, MA, the United States Air Force Academy, CO, Wright Patterson AFB, OH, Bolling Air Force Base, DC, Langley AFB, VA, and Joint Base Andrews, MD. Rabbi Rein was promoted to Major in October 2017 and currently serves as the Jewish Chaplain for Arlington National Cemetery. He has also served since 2011 as a member of the Religious Leadership Advisory Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Arnold E. Resnicoff
Arnold E. Resnicoff (born 1946) is an American Conservative rabbi who served as a military officer and military chaplain. He served in Vietnam and Europe before attending rabbinical school. He then served as a U.S. Navy Chaplain for almost 25 years. He promoted the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and delivered the closing prayer at its 1982 dedication. In 1984 the President of the United States spoke on his eyewitness account of the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing. After retiring from the military he was National Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee and served as Special Assistant (for Values and Vision) to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, serving at the equivalent military rank of Brigadier General. Resnicoff holds several degrees, including an honorary doctorate. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Department of the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, and the Chapel of Four Chaplains Hall of Heroes Gold Medallion. (via his entry in Wikipedia)
Johann Stephan Rittangel (Latin: Rittangelius) (b.1606 Forscheim near Bamberg – d. 1652 Königsberg ) was a Christian Hebraist. Born Jewish he later converted to Catholicism, and later to Calvinism and Lutheranism. In 1640, Rittangel was appointed professor of Oriental languages at the University of Königsberg (Prussia) In 1641, Rittangel visited a community of Karaite Jews in Trakai, before traveling to London and then to the Dutch Republic where, in Amsterdam, he taught Hebrew and possibly identified, for a time, as a Jew. In July 1642 he left the Low Countries to go to Königsberg, where he spent the rest of his life until his death in 1652. He obtained a Hebrew manuscript of the Sefer Yezirah through the Mennonite merchant Gerebrand Anslo, for a translation into Latin in 1642 ( Liber Jezirah qui Abrahamo Patriarchae adscribitur). In 1644, he published his Latin translation of the Passover Haggadah. He made one of the earliest translations of Jewish prayers, under the title Hochfeyerliche Sollennitaeten, Gebethe und Collecten Anstatt der Opfer, Nebst Andern Ceremonien so von der Jüdischen Kirchen am Ersten Neuen-Jahrs-Tag Gebetet und Abgehandelt Werden Müssen, Königsberg, 1652. His posthumous work Bilibra Veritatis was written to substantiate the claim that the Targums prove the doctrine of the Trinity. This is also the subject of his Veritas Religionis Christianæ (Franeker, 1699).
Brant Rosen
Founding rabbi of Tzedek Chicago, co-founder of Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council.
Josh Rosenberg is a lifelong Philadelphian, alumni of Jews in the Woods, and regular at the National Havurah Committee's Summer Institute.
April Rosenblum, IBCLC, is a Philadelphia based lactation consultant and progressive activist.
Lilah Rosenfield
Lilah Rosenfield is an undergraduate student studying community and regional planning at Cornell University.
Aharon Roth
Rabbi Aharon Roth (אהרן ראטה‬, רבי אהרל'ה) known as Reb Arele (1894 − 1947), was a Hungarian Hasidic rebbe and Talmudic scholar. He first established a Ḥasidic community he called Shomer Emunim (Guardian of Faith) in the 1920s in Satu Mare and in the 1930s in Berehovo, before he settled in Jerusalem, where he also founded a Ḥasidic community of the same name.
Stephen Roth
Rabbi Roth hails from Brooklyn, New York City, and was ordained in 1972 by the Brooklyn Rabbinical Seminary. For 20 years, he has served as the founding rabbi of Congregation Eitz Chaim in Passaic, New Jersey
Hester Leverson Rothschild (1820 or 1821-1880) was an Anglo-Jewish author. She was an editor and intimate of the Danish-Jewish writer, Meïr Aron Goldschmidt. Her husband, a diamond merchant, was Lewis Meyer (Benjamin) Rothschild of Denmark.
Miriam Rubin
I write,
to bring an ounce of medicine,
the perfect dosage
to awaken the healing potential within me and you

Joseph Rudavsky
Rabbi Rudavsky (1922-2016), a Brooklyn native, was spiritual leader of Temple Sholom, a Reform congregation, from 1962 to 1988. The synagogue became Temple Avodat Shalom after a 2009 merger with a Fair Lawn congregation. The Holocaust was Rabbi Rudavsky's academic specialty. He earned a doctorate in Holocaust studies from New York University and wrote a book titled "To Live With Hope, to Die With Dignity: Spiritual Resistance in the Ghettos and Camps." In 1980, on the heels of the acclaimed television miniseries "Holocaust," he founded what is now The Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Ramapo College. Rabbi Rudavsky taught classes on the Holocaust at Ramapo and created workshops for high school teachers who wanted to incorporate the Holocaust into their curriculums. He was the center's director until 1996. Prior to coming to Temple Sholom, Rabbi Rudavsky directed Hillel organizations at the University of Texas and the University of Georgia, and occupied the pulpit of a congregation in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Amanda Rush is an IT professional specializing on making Internet tools and services accessible to the blind and visually-impaired, and to all users with or without disabilities.
Danya Ruttenberg
Danya Ruttenberg is an American rabbi, editor, and author. She was named one of The Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" in 2010 (36 most influential leaders under age 36), and the same year was named one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis by The Jewish Daily Forward. When she was in college her mother died of breast cancer, and Ruttenberg practiced Jewish mourning rituals, which she said allowed her to "make friends with Judaism, to be open to it"; in 2008 she published a memoir of her spiritual awakening titled Surprised by God: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Religion (Beacon Press). This memoir was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. She was ordained in 2008 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. In 2016, she published Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting with Flatiron Books, which was named a National Jewish Book Award finalist and a PJ Library Parents' Choice selection. Ruttenberg is the editor of the 2001 anthology Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism, and the 2009 anthology The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism. She is also a contributing editor to Lilith and Women in Judaism. She and Rabbi Elliot Dorff are co-editors of three books for the Jewish Publication Society’s Jewish Choices/Jewish Voices series: Sex and Intimacy, War and National Security, and Social Justice. She served as the Senior Jewish Educator at Tufts University Hillel, and subsequently Campus Rabbi at Northwestern Hillel and Director of Education for the campus dialogue program Ask Big Questions. She is currently serving as Rabbi-in-Residence at Avodah: Sparking Jewish Leaders, Igniting Social Change. (from her article on Wikipedia)

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