Rabbi Jonathan Porath

  • "Exciting Jewish Activist and Public Speaker" - Elie Wiesel  [Read Full Recommendation]

  • Brings Jewish texts alive and teaches Torah with passion

  • Dynamic and engaging group facilitator

  • Appeals to multiple audiences

  • Experienced in staff and lay leadership training and programming

  • Expert in Jewish-Diaspora relations [especially the Former Soviet Union]

  • Former Congregational rabbi, Wexner faculty member, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee [JDC, the "Joint"] Russian Department senior staff

  • 18th generation of rabbis in his family

  • Listed with the Jewish Speakers Bureau

Rabbi Jonathan Porath, excerpts from
"Family Relationships in the Bible and Today:
Abraham, Sarah and the kids"

Rabbi Jonathan Porath, excerpts from
"Instilling Jewish Values in Our Leaders"

Rabbi Jonathan Porath is a proud and passionate Jew who always speaks from the heart and inspires. Thousands of people have been moved and motivated by his boundless energy and Jewish commitment. He is especially effective in teaching passionate Torah, and in mining the classical sources for contemporary understanding, meaning and living Jewishly.

Whether presenting our connections with world Jewry and Israel ["All of Jewish History in One Hour"; "175 Visits to the Jews of Russia"], sharing heartfelt concerns ["How to Be a Mentsh"; "Coping With Life's Transitions"], or learning classical Jewish texts ["The Greatest Stories From the Talmud"; "The Life and Death of Rabbi Avika"], he is always engaging and inspirational.

Rabbi Porath has community-wide appeal. Recent audiences have included:
  • Federations, community leaders and professionals
  • Adult and family education groups
  • Religious schools, Hebrew High Schools and Day Schools
  • Community groups, JCC's and lecture series
  • Teacher's Faculty Seminars
  • Synagogue weekends and Shabbatonim
  • Wexner alumni
  • Hillel students and academics
  • Catholic parochial school teachers and non-Jewish clergy
  • Women's Christian Bible Study Group
In addition, Rabbi Porath has been the Community Scholar in Residence at:
  • Greater Chicago/Midwest Region United Synagogue [month long visit]
  • Har Zion Temple, Philadelphia [month long visits, twice]
  • Jewish Federations of Champaign-Urbana, Quad Cities and Springfield, Illinois; Greensboro, NC; New Haven, CT

Two short articles about Passover:
An article about my late father-in-law Victor Geller z"l, appears in the Pesach Seder Supplement published by the Jewish Speaker's Bureau
An article about my earliest trip to Russia in 1965, appearing in the Jerusalem Post for their Pesach Supplement.

He is currently scheduling his forthcoming North American speaking trips. Contact the Jewish Speakers Bureau for more information. He is also available for visitors to Israel, programs for families or groups.


CONTACT Rabbi Porath at:   jporath1@gmail.com   or 011-972-54-4979589 (in Jerusalem)

©Arnie Draiman Productions, 2014