Rabbi Rena Blumenthal is a consummate coach who understands the competing needs of today’s Jewish campus professionals. I have come to Rena in moments of crisis and moments of equanimity. Through it all, Rena has supported me in planning for strategic visioning, navigating tricky personnel matters, and finding my own rabbinic voice in my work. I continue to be blessed by her guidance, experience, and sagacity.
-- Rabbi Meir Goldstein,Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life, Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Elon University
Whenever I have requested Rena's guidance--whether with helping the campus to mourn a student's death or negotiating a controversial political issue--she has made herself available, listened carefully and offered valuable, insightful advice. Rena has extensive experience working with not only Jews but also the other groups that make up a campus community and so she offers a perspective that takes into account the "big picture" of small college Jewish life.
-- Rabbi Michael Ramberg, Campus Rabbi & Hillel Director, Ursinus College
I hired Rabbi Rena Blumenthal as the first rabbi to serve in a newly-full time position for Jewish life at Vassar College. Over the course of her eleven remarkable years at the college, she established a thriving Jewish student life program: vibrant and welcoming Shabbat community, robust cultural and religious programming, all made possible by the student-initiated leadership she is especially skilled at nurturing. She understands higher education institutions and the creative role Jewish life--and spiritual life more generally--plays within them. Colleagues at Vassar and chaplain colleagues across the country join me in appreciating her contagious joy, keen intelligence, and generous heart. She has a gift for helping others establish the kind of programming that will work in their context.
-- Rev. Samuel Speers, D.Min., Director, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Diversity, Vassar College
I've worked with Rabbi Blumenthal on both intense, short-term reviews and long-term projects, and I’ve found her to be a rare kind of translator between secular higher education and Jewish student life. She has a keen eye for opportunities and contradictions, and brings humor, intelligence and wisdom to evaluating and making recommendations for college Jewish programs.
-- Rev. Ian Buckner Oliver, Pastor of the University Church & Senior Associate Chaplain, Yale University