Joshua Ratner

Rabbi Joshua Ratner is the rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Cheshire, CT. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2012, Rabbi Ratner was a Joseph Neubauer Fellow and also earned a Master's Degree in Midrash and a Certificate in Pastoral Care. He also worked as an attorney for five years prior to entering rabbinical school. Rabbi Ratner is passionate about the interplay between Judaism, public policy, and American culture. He has received training in congregation-based community organizing and was part of the original rabbinical student cohort of Rabbis Without Borders fellows. He and his wife, Dr. Elena Ratner, are the proud parents of Dimitri, Eli, and Gabriella.


Articles by Joshua Ratner

Kosher Money?

Judaism obligates us to call out our fellow’s unethical behavior and encourage them to change it.

Life After Redemption: Why Counting the Omer Is A Quintessential Jewish Experience

I also think this is but one of many different ways we can dedicate ourselves to deriving spiritual nourishment from these 49 days.

When Is Something Not A Jewish Issue?

Jewish organizations, along with other faith-based and secular social justice organizations, have been ablaze with statements and action alerts during ...

The Torah of the Stateless and the Marginalized

What does it mean to be part of a social change movement? I recently was privileged to learn first-hand one ...

Prophets, Pastors, or Pariahs

So here we are, three weeks after the presidential election, and it ain’t an easy time to be a Jewish ...

Day of Judgment

Well, folks, here we are. Just a few days out from arguably the most important election for the future of the ...

A New Year’s Resolution to Be Proud Of (That You Actually Can Keep!)

Rosh Hashanah is a time for many things. Reflection. Spiritual rejuvenation. Eating large meals with family and friends. And making ...

Fear and Trembling About High Holy Days Services

Elul, which initiates the holiday countdown, is more than just a calendric alarm clock.

Fasting For A Tolerant and Pluralistic Israel

#BlackLivesMatter has generated a wave of rebuke from the American Jewish establishment ever since it published its online Platform on ...

A Kavannah on White Privilege

I see the sirens appear in my rearview mirror as if out of nowhere. I quickly scan the road ahead ...