Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman

Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Yoni and their sons Ezra and Joebear, where she serves as Maharat at Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue. Maharat Ruth’s responsibilities include overseeing the conversion program, directing the mikvah, providing pastoral counseling, teaching in the community, and more.
Maharat Ruth is deeply committed to working to ensure that Jewish communal structures provide sensitivity and support to individuals and couples struggling with fertility challenges, and she is honored to serve on The Red Stone Advisory Committee. 
She is a proud member of both the Chicago and Washington Boards of Rabbis, and she sits on the Executive Committee of the board of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, of which she is also a member. Maharat Ruth is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD.