Ruth F.Brin

Ruth F. Brin helped transform modern prayer with her evocative writing, translation, and poetry. Brin began writing liturgical poetry in the 1950s, using vivid imagery from her own experience and challenging or reworking imagery of God as father or king that she found problematic as a woman and a modern American Jew. Most Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist prayer books now include her prayers and poems, and she also published four books of poetry, five children’s books, dozens of scholarly articles, and librettos for two operas by Cantor Charles Davidson: The Hush of Midnight in 1970 and Kristallnacht in 1988. She founded a Jewish literary magazine, Identity, in 1966 and edited it for five years. She taught Jewish studies at both the University of Minnesota and Macalester College and served on the board of directors for the League of Women Voters, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Hadassah, as well as Mayim Rabim, the Reconstructionist synagogue she cofounded in Minneapolis. She chaired the Head Start program for disadvantaged children in her area and volunteered with children at a day care center.


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Ruth Brin's liturgical poetry can be found in the prayer books and synagogue services of congregations throughout the United States and Canada.

Institution: Judith Brin Ingber.

Date of Birth

St. Paul, MN
United States

Date of Death

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