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Maharat Ruth Friedman

Core Semikha, Class of 2013


Maharat Ruth Friedman is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat. From 2013-2023 she served as Maharat (clergy) at Ohev Sholom Congregation in Washington, DC, where she performed all traditional rabbinic functions. Maharat Friedman is currently spending the year in Nairobi with her family, where she is the Visiting Scholar at Nairobi Hebrew Congregation.

Maharat Friedman is a proud member of the Washington Boards of Rabbis, and sits on the Executive Committee of the board of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, of which she is also a member. Maharat Friedman is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD, as well as DCKosher. She and her husband Yoni are the proud parents of Ezra, Jobe, and Evie, and their four-legged princess, Cocoa.

publications and media


Transforming the Rabbinate Over 50 Years
Hadassah Magazine
March 1, 2022
‘We Have to Be There’: 5 Jews on Taking Part in the George Floyd Protests
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 5, 2020
Maharat Ruth Friedman
Jewish Womens Archive
August 1, 2018


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