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Rabbi Jonathan Seidel was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is descended from a rabbinic lineage of mitnagdim in the Ukraine. He grew up as a cultural New Yorker and actively observant Zionist within a Jewishly engaged family involved in Temple Emmanuel in Westfield, New Jersey. There his rabbinic teachers were Rabbis Charles Kroloff and Leonard Thal. His spiritual journey was radically altered after meeting Rabbis Shlomo Carlebach and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Later, it was Reb Zalman who first encouraged his entry into the ALEPH ordination program.
Rabbi Seidel studied at Oberlin College, the Jewish Theological Seminary (MA 1981), and was a Fulbright-Hayes scholar at Cambridge University. He received his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in Near Eastern Studies (1996). He has taught Judaic Studies and Religion at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, U of Arizona, Portland State University, Northwest Christian College, and the U of Oregon. He was ordained in 2004 by ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, after many years of serving the Jewish community in the West.
Rabbi Jonathan Seidel has taught Judaic Studies and Religion widely for 28 years and continues to teach each season in the community and at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Rabbi Seidel has edited a volume entitled Divination and Magic in the Ancient World (Brill 2002) and has published articles on Midrash, Jewish folklore, magic, history, rabbinics, modern Jewish thought and politics. He has also served locally on the Board of Hillel, Two Rivers Interfaith, and the Oregon Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Seidel has served as a spiritual leader and Cantor for a number of Jewish communities in California and Arizona. He has an extensive background in deep ecumenism, Jewish music (as Chazzan for many years), Jewish education and environmental activism. Rabbi Seidel serves as the Rabbi to Or haGan Jewish Community in Eugene, Oregon.
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Ron hails from Houston, Texas. He finished his education in Arkansas and Missouri. Ron lived in Santa Barbara, California, for 17 years before moving to Eugene 12 years ago. He has been a member of Or haGan for 3 years. Ron hopes to help expand the Oregon Jewish Culture Project, and create greater collaboration with other Jewish institutions in Eugene.
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Or haGan Jewish Community • PO Box 5582, Eugene OR 97405 • cell phone 541-520-3434 • email@example.com
Or haGan is registered as a non-profit organization, under statute 501 (c)(3).
Our Board of Directors has six members plus Rabbi Jonathan Seidel.