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Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu

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Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu

Selected as one of the “Most Inspirational Rabbis in America” by The Forward Newspaper, Rabbi Sirbu sits at the leading edge of American Jewish life. She is currently the Director of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders, a pluralist network of rabbis dedicated to serving the needs of all people through creative use of Jewish wisdom. She is also the founder of, making it easier for rabbis and communities of all types to find each other. Rabbi Sirbu is a regular contributor to several online publications and blogs, and has authored chapters in numerous books. In addition, she manages the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on Previously, Rabbi Sirbu was the founding director of The MetroWest Jewish Health and Healing Center and the Director of the Center for Jewish Life at JCC MetroWest in West Orange, NJ where she used her skills as a trained hospital chaplain, pastoral counselor, and Jewish educator to foster Jewish community, love of learning, and spiritual growth.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, she holds a master’s degree and ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She tweets at @rabbirebecca and @rwbclal.

Blog posts

The Sisterhood 50: America's Influential Women Rabbis

Success is a Loaded Word

In the rabbinate, success is a loaded word. As Sally Priesand describes in her video interview, a generation ago everyone could describe a successful rabbi. He would be the senior rabbi of a large synagogue in a large city, and he would have a long-term contract. Ideally the synagogue would be growing. That was success.

Topics: Rabbis

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