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Where Have All the Rabbis Gone? Understanding the Rabbi Shortage in America

Wednesday, February 28
12:00pm Pacific Time | 3:00pm Eastern Time
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Shira Telushkin explores why fewer Jews are choosing to become rabbis, raising questions about the future of Judaism in America.

Many synagogues across the country are struggling to find rabbis, leading to concerns about the future of Judaism in America. Shira Telushkin and Mark Oppenheimer will explore the reasons behind the rabbi shortage, the impact on synagogues, and potential solutions for ensuring a vibrant Jewish future.

Cost: Free
Guest: Shira Telushkin

Shira Telushkin is a reporter living in Brooklyn, where she covers religion, art, and the human search for beauty. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe Washington Post, and many other outlets. For three years, Telushkin produced Unorthodox, the podcast of Tablet magazine. Her first book, How to Forsake the World, will be published by HarperCollins next year. Shira holds a B.A. in religious studies from Yale University, and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School. 

Host: Mark Oppenheimer

Mark Oppenheimer received his B.A. in history from Yale in 1996 and his Ph.D. in American religious history from Yale in 2003, the year that he published his first book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: American Religion and the Age of Counterculture.
Since then, Oppenheimer has taught at Stanford, Wellesley, NYU, Boston College (where he was the Corcoran Visiting Professor in Christian-Jewish Relations), and Yale, where for sixteen years he directed the Yale Journalism Initiative. From 2010-2016, he wrote The Beliefs column, About Religion, for The New York Times. He is the author of numerous magazine articles and five books, the most recent of which is Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and The Soul of a Neighborhood.
A popular speaker and lecturer, Oppenheimer is the creator of two podcasts: Unorthodox, about Jewish life and culture, which he hosted from 2015-2023 and while had over seven million downloads, and Gatecrashers: The Hidden History of Jews in the Ivy League (2022). He is currently writing biographies of author Judy Blume and newspaper columnist Ann Landers.