Rabbi Harold J. Kravitz, Board Chair

Rabbi Harold J. Kravitz joined the rabbinic staff of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation (Conservative) in 1987. In 1996, he was appointed Senior Rabbi – Max Newman Family Chair in Rabbinics.

A native of Philadelphia, Rabbi Kravitz completed his B.A. in History at Temple University (Philadelphia, 1981). He did graduate studies at the University of Judaism (Los Angeles, now the American Jewish University), Hebrew University (Jerusalem 84-85), and was ordained and received an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (New York City, 1987). He has trained in general and family mediation at the Mediation Center for Dispute Resolution of the Hamline Law School (St. Paul).

Rabbi Kravitz has served as rabbinic representative on the revamped Board of the Minneapolis Federation of Jewish Services (2006-08). He was Chair of the organization of Twin Cities’ Conservative Rabbis (1998-2001) He has served two terms as Co-Chair of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association (1990-94). He is in his second term on the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly (the international organization of Conservative rabbis 1998-2000; 2010-12) and is serving on the RA’s Administrative Committee (2011- ). He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Vaad HaKavod – Committee for Professional Ethics (2004- ), which he chaired for three terms (2006-12).

He is currently Chair of the Board of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, serving on the Board of Directors (1999-08; 2009- ) and on the Executive Committee (2002-08; 2009- ). He served as President of MICAH – the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (93-96). He has also served on the boards of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis and the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (91-94). In 1991, he was honored for outstanding child advocacy by Congregations Concerned for Children.

Rabbi Kravitz is married to Cindy Reich, a national consultant in the field of Jewish Education and Program Evaluation, who served as the Principal of the St. Paul Talmud Torah Day School. Their children are Gabriel (married to Yael Smiley), Talia and Elana.