Rabbi Rena Blumenthal is a freelance rabbi based in New Paltz, New York. From 2003-2014, she served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and Advisor to Jewish Students at Vassar College. Rena received ordination in 2003 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is a member and former board member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, a member of the Rabbis Without Borders network, and a graduate of the rabbinic training program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Prior to attending rabbinical school, Rena worked as a psychologist for fifteen years in New York City and Jerusalem.
As a freelance rabbi, Rena continues to teach, lead services, and officiate at life cycle events. She also serves as a consultant for campus Jewish life, with a particular focus on campuses with small Jewish communities. She authored a chapter on Jewish chaplaincy in College & University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century, a text which is used in the training of college chaplains.
Rena is also the author of the novel The Book of Israela, published in October, 2018.
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