Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman is Maharat at Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C. Ruth graduated from Barnard College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Jewish Studies, and then spent two years studying at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Originally from Chicago, Ruth served as rabbinic fellow for Or Tzedek, a social justice program for Jewish teenagers. Ruth has also served as Rosh Beit Midrash of Uri L’Tzedek, where she planned educational social justice programming, and has taught in the Dr. Beth Samuels z’’l Drisha Summer High School Program, Congregation Shearith Israel, and a variety of other locations in New York and Chicago. As a supporter of dialogue and pluralism, Ruth has participated in the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s Retreat for Emerging Jewish and Muslim Leaders in August 2009 and the CLAL Rabbis Without Borders student fellowship in 2009-2010. Ruth served as a Congregational Intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and teaches private chatan and kallah classes.