RABBI JAN R. UHRBACH has been the spiritual leader of our congregation since 1999. In addition to her congregational work, Rabbi Uhrbach is on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary and serves there as Director the recently established Block/Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts.
Rabbi Uhrbach is also a well-known teacher of Torah and a gifted writer and liturgist. She served as Associate Editor of Siddur Lev Shalem, a Shabbat and Festival prayerbook, the new Conservative prayerbook published by the Rabbinical Assembly in 2015, and was a member of the Editorial Committee of the movement’s Machzor Lev Shalem, the High Holy Day prayerbook published in 2010. She has also published numerous essays. In addition to teaching numerous private study groups, Rabbi Uhrbach has served on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, and has taught and served as scholar-in-residence at the 92nd Street Y, the Skirball Center for Adult Learning, The Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, and many synagogues.
Rabbi Uhrbach received her ordination from JTS, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and the recipient of academic prizes in theology, philosophy, Talmud, and professional skills.
The rabbinate is Rabbi Uhrbach’s second career. A graduate of Yale University (1985) and Harvard Law School (1988), Rabbi Uhrbach served as Law Clerk to Federal District Judge Kimba M. Wood. She then joined the New York law firm of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, where she specialized in media litigation. Rabbi Uhrbach became a partner of the firm in January, 1996.