Rabbi Amy Eilberg

First Female Rabbi in the Conservative Movment

Author and Interfaith Mediator

Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She currently serves as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program, helping synagogues and Jewish organizations place the pursuit of peace in interpersonal relationships at the center of their communal mission. Rabbi Eilberg also serves as a spiritual director and interfaith activist in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in 2014.  She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2016.

Previously, Rabbi Eilberg was a co-founder of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, where she directed the Center’s Jewish Hospice Care Program, and served as Founding Co-Director of the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction. Nationally known as a leader of the Jewish healing movement, she lectures and writes on issues of Jewish healing, spiritual direction, and peacebuilding.

Rabbi Eilberg has taught at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, and has directed interfaith dialog programs for the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning in St. Paul, MN.  She travels widely, teaching the art of listening, dialogue and conflict engagement in venues throughout the country.  In recent years, Rabbi Eilberg has been honored with awards from the Rabbinical Assembly, the New Israel Fund, and Tru’ah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

In her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, published by Orbis Books in March 2014, Rabbi Eilberg blends ancient Jewish sacred texts on peacebuilding, real life descriptions of conflict engagement—interpersonal, interreligious, intra-communal, and international—and contemporary conflict theory. The interweaving of personal story, sacred text, and theory demonstrates how relationships can move from estrangement and wounding, entrenched bigotry and fear, to positive, engaged encounter. What emerges is a portrait of peacemaking as a spiritual practice that can guide the lives of faithful people seeking peace in their lives and in the world. The book concludes with practical disciplines to cultivate the qualities of soul essential to the art of pursuing peace.

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