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Rabbi Ariel Tovlev

he/him or they/them

Writer. Creative thinker. Strategic planner. Experiential educator. Weaves tradition with innovation. Spiritual soul. Heart of a dreamer.

Crafting Jewish experiences that are relevant and resonant to today's Jews.

Rabbi Tovlev after officiating a Baby Naming 


CCAR Press
Rabbinical Intern

2021 - 2023

  • Develops content, conducts background research, copyedits, and restructures syntax for various projects

  • Collaborates directly with authors to realize their project's vision

  • Curates and writes inspirational content for CCAR social media 

  • Engages adult learners in thinking critically about a CCAR book by creating a discussion guide which accompanies the publication

  • Will receive honorable mentions in the following titles at the authors' requests: These Words by Alden Solovy; New Each Day by Rabbi Debra Robbins; Candle, Feather, Wooden Spoon by Rabbi Zoe Klein; and Bazman by Rabbi Dalia Marx.

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Rabbinical Intern

2020 - 2023

Congregation Or Ami
Education Intern

2020 - 2021

  • Co-directed a virtual family education program with differentiated activities for various developmental stages (k-6 & their adults)

  • Designed learning goals, wrote curricula, & supervised teaching staff

Congregation B'nai David
Student Rabbi

2018 - 2020

  • Fulfilled duties as sole clergy professional

  • Counseled conversion students, engaged older members in learning catered to their interests, and supported members in times of crisis

Clergy Student Fellow


  • Explored myriad ways to be agents for social justice as clergy, under the educational leadership of Rabbi Jill Jacobs

  • Organized low-income communities in the fight for better living conditions in subsidized housing with Community Voices Heard

Spiritual Direction

  • Regularly meets with Director to develop, grow, & expand spiritually

  • Explores answers to questions such as:

    • Where is God? What does God want from me? How can I connect to God? How can I best help others connect to God?

2019 - present

Gender Diversity & Inclusion
Teacher & speaker

2018 - present

  • In pairing modern gender theory with traditional Jewish text, created enduring understandings with countless participants reconceptualizing gender in Judaism, and sometimes even rethinking their own genders as a result

Full Resume

Personal Statement

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