Bio

Amy Joy Small is a nationally known, highly respected rabbi, teacher and Jewish community leader with over 25 years of experience. Rabbi Small is passionate about making Jewish learning meaningful for all ages. She writes op-eds and blogs and speaks on Jewish wisdom, Israel, parenting, the life cycle and education.

Small’s expertise includes Israeli Jewish culture. She has visited Israel nearly 30 times, including 6-months in 2013, where she has been studying and building a network among creative leaders engaged in secular Israeli Jewish renewal. She finds this creativity to be a powerful message for American Jews and fellow travelers.

Rabbi Small is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, a Fellow of Rabbis Without Borders (CLAL), and a Storahtelling Maven. She was a delegate to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in 2006 (Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.)

Rabbi Small is a co-founder of the acclaimed Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ. Currently, she is the organization’s president.

Rabbi Small co-chairs the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street: for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans, and spoke at their convention in 2013. She has been extensively involved in interfaith Middle East peace efforts, as a leader in the National Interreligious Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI) and a co-teacher of “Building Abrahamic Partnerships” at the Hartford Seminary. Small has served in leadership for Religions for Peace, USA and was a delegate to the World Conference of Religions for Peace in Kyoto, Japan, in 2006.

She was appointed by Governor Jon Corzine to the New Jersey Advisory Commission on Faith Based Initiatives in 2009. Small has been recognized by her community with the Metrowest Rabbinic Award, and also served as the chairperson for the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest, NJ.

Small is a member of the Board of Governors of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, and taught at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Small was a congregational spiritual leader for 24 years.

Rabbi Small tweets from @amyjoys

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