Semikha, Class of 2005
Rabbi Samuel Feinsmith
Program Director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Rabbi Sam Feinsmith is a Program Director at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, co-directing the Clergy Leadership Program and the Educating for a Jewish Spiritual Life program for Jewish day schools . Previously, he taught Judaic Studies at Chicagoland Jewish High School, Illinois, and the AJ Heschel School in NY, where he did cutting-edge work on teen spirituality and mindfulness. He holds semicha from YCT and an MA in Talmud from JTS. He is a co-founder and meditation teacher at Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning, and has served as a consultant on a number of innovative prayer and minyan-related projects. He served as a Kol Tzedek Fellow for American Jewish World Service, and volunteered in Cambodia with their Volunteer Corps. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife Sarah-Bess and his daughter Elanit.