Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat. She and her husband Yoni moved to Washington, DC in July 2013 to begin her position as Maharat at Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue. Maharat Ruth’s responsibilities include overseeing the conversion program, developing procedures for our new mikvah, directing the adult programming, 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.
Previous to moving to DC, Maharat Ruth served as the Congregational Intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and interned at the Center for Jewish Living of the JCC in Manhattan. She is a proud member of both the Chicago and Washington Boards of Rabbis, and she sits on the board of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, of which she is also a member. Maharat Ruth is delighted to be a part of the DC community!