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Claudia Kreiman

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Claudia Kreiman until we are able to commission a full entry.

Rabbi Claudia Kreiman, photo courtesy of Claudia Kreiman.

As the rabbi for NOAM, the Masorti-Conservative Youth Organization in Israel, Claudia Kreiman modeled new ways for children to think about women’s participation in religion. The daughter of a Conservative rabbi, Kreiman moved with her family from Chile to Argentina at age eighteen. After her mother died in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA center for Jewish life in Buenos Aires, Kreiman struggled with grief and volunteered at the synagogue where her mother had worked. Eventually she travelled to study for a master’s degree in Jewish education at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Israel, where she was ordained in 2002. That year she became both the rabbi for NOAM and the Israeli rabbinic fellow for Temple B’nai Jeshurun in New York, bringing the lively, experimental approach of the New York synagogue to Israeli teens. In 2007 she joined the clergy of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she became the senior rabbi in 2019.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Claudia Kreiman." (Viewed on May 29, 2023) <>.


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