Rabbi Jonah Geffen

Rabbi Jonah Geffen is the Rabbinic Director for J Street in New York City. A fifth generation rabbi, Jonah served as Rabbinic Fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. For nearly 10 years Jonah has dedicated himself to teaching and promoting the cause of peace as refracted and understood by the Jewish tradition.

He has been the Senior Coexistence Educator for Kivunim, was a senior educator in the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution’s Rodef Shalom program, and has been a trip facilitator and leader of the Peacemakers’ Beit Midrash with Encounter. Jonah was a Kollel Fellow at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, a summer fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, and a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders Fellow. 

Jonah received his BA in History and Jewish Studies from Indiana University, earned an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, and received his MA in Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received the United Synagogue Award for Congregational Leadership. 

Follow him on Twitter @JonahGeffen 

Geffen is a contributing blogger for Haaretz Jewish World.