Rabbi Rebecca Blady
Core Semikha, Class of 2019
Rabbi Rebecca Blady is the co-founder and Executive Director of Hillel Germany. She also provides rabbinical accompaniment for the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) scholarship program in Germany. In her capacity as Hillel Executive Director, Rebecca's key accomplishments include growing the organization's budget four-fold from 2019 to 2023; building and professionalizing staff teams; and adapting Hillel International's innovative Engagement Internship program as a tool for empowerment and growth in German Jewish communities.
Prior to Hillel Germany, she co-founded Base Berlin with her husband, Rabbi Jeremy Borovitz, and worked at Hillel's Office of Innovation in New York City. Rebecca also co-initiated Ze Kollel, a pan-European communal learning space geared towards in-depth, text-based, committed Jewish learning, and an incubator for developing new talent and creative Europe-based teachers rooted in Jewish text and tradition. Rebecca speaks widely on topics of Jewish identity, Jewish feminism, and pluralistic approaches to combating right-wing extremism and antisemitism, including, in 2023, at the Fritz Bauer Institut (Frankfurt am Main), the World Union of Jewish Students's IMPACT Fellowship, the Obermayer Foundation's Widen the Circle program, and the Berlin Center for Political Education. She has published essays in a variety of books about Jewish identity and other topics in Germany.
While at Maharat, she completed rabbinic internships at the Prospect Heights Shul and ImmerseNYC. Rebecca holds a B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University and is a certified yoga instructor. A proud granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Rebecca advocates for every individual Jewish story. She lives in Berlin, Germany.
publications and media
Rabbi Rebecca Blady - Seventh Annual Yeshivat Maharat Semikha Ceremony
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Seventh Semikha Ceremony
June 20, 2019
Ger Toshav: Finding Empathy in Civic Duty
The Beginning of Jewish Culture
Nah bei Gott (German)
March 6, 2022
2 Years After the Synagogue Attack in Halle, Germany, Young Jews Gather to Turn Mourning into Activism
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
October 2, 2021
One Year After Halle Attack, Young Jewish Berliners Gather to Show Resilience and Hope
October 14, 2020
April 8, 2020