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Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman

Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman recently moved to Washington DC to serve as Maharat at Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue. Ruth graduated from Barnard College in 2007, and then spent 2 years studying at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York before attending Yeshivat Maharat, which is is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic authorities. As a supporter of dialogue and pluralism, Ruth has participated in the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's Retreat for Emerging Jewish and Muslim Leaders in August 2009, the CLAL Rabbis Without Borders student fellowship in 2009-2010, and the JCRC Community Connections Fellowship. She also served as Congregational Intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and interned at the Center for Jewish Living of the JCC in Manhattan. She and her husband Yoni are delighted to become part of the DC Jewish community!