Rabbi Naj Siritsky
Professor – Homiletics
Originally from Montreal, Rabbi Siritsky lived in France, Cuba, and Israel before moving to the United States in 1997. They studied at several Orthodox yeshivas, including Pardes in Jerusalem, prior to their studies as a Reform rabbi at Hebrew Union College. For Rabbi Siritsky, studying Judaism from traditional perspectives “was important to understand what we were reforming”. Rabbi Siritsky believes in making educated choices from the rich resources Jewish tradition provides to ensure that every ritual and prayer is meaningful.
Rabbi Siritsky is a founding board member of the Society of Classical Reform Judaism due to their unwavering commitment to advocacy for interfaith families and the creation of inclusive Jewish communities that unconditionally welcome all spiritual seekers, regardless of their religious background, relationship status, identity, or Hebrew-speaking ability.
In addition to nearly a decade working in synagogues, teaching, counseling, and participating in life cycle events, they are trained as an interfaith chaplain, and worked with the American Red Cross after 9/11 providing counseling and support at the family assistance center, Ground Zero, and the morgue. This led Rabbi Siritsky to get a second Masters in Social Work and spent several years working as a psychotherapist, social worker, counselor, and chaplain in multiple settings including hospice and palliative care.
Smicha, MHL, Hebrew Union College
MSW, Louisville Kent School of Social Work