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Rabbi Jordan Gendra Molina
Rabbi Jordan Gendra Molina, Ph.D. Rabbi Gendra Molina is the first Spanish-born rabbi since the Inquisition and comes from a converso background. He has worked with the Jewish Federation of New Mexico’s Sephardic Heritage program since November 2018. He was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish History (Universitat de Girona), and a master’s degree in Linguistics and Semitic Languages (Universitat de Barcelona). He speaks over 15 languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, Hebrew, French, Romanian and others. He has served as rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) and Congregation B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel (Sewell, New Jersey), and taught a Wilson College and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. His academic publications focus primarily on medieval Spanish Judaism and include “Les Responsa de Rabbi Simo ben Tsemakh Duran” [The Responsa of R. Simon B. Tsmakh Duran] (Lleonard Muntaner, 2001).