Spiritual Leadership

Rabbi Ted Riter – a brief autobiography

I completed my general rabbinical training and ordination in 1997.  I have spent much of my career studying how synagogues work most meaningfully, effectively, and efficiently. I completed specialized interim training sponsored by the Central Conference of American Rabbis and I earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. On a personal note, I was raised in relatively small Jewish communities in College Station and El Paso, Texas and I discovered my Jewish identity in the Reform Movement’s NFTY and camping programs. After graduating Tulane University with a degree in political economy, I moved to Washington, D.C. to work with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and later Americans for Peace Now (part of the Israeli peace movement).

Following ordination, I served large congregations for 16 years in Southern California and most recently completed a one year Interim Rabbi position in Jackson, Mississippi at the only full-time synagogue in the entire state. My personal studies over the past years have focused on mussar, spiritual direction, and prayer.

I have extensive formal training and experience in organizational change, mediation, leadership development, human dynamics, and men’s work. My greatest learning, though, comes from accompanying others on their journeys and creating the highs and lows of my own life.  I am currently co-writing a book for the corporate world providing a platform for exercising character traits in individuals in order to bring a healthier environment to the workplace. Early iterations of this project are currently being tested in tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Also, thank you to Cathy Hauer for providing this article to the Half Moon Bay Review.

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