A congregational rabbi for three decades, Jonathan Ginsburg has devoted his efforts full-time to online religious instruction since 2011. In 2008, he founded esynagogue.org, his online Jewish Institute for Religious Instruction. Through this website, Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg provides hundreds of videos about Jewish religion and culture for those exploring conversion to Judaism. He also offers an online course of study for those wishing to become para rabbis, or lay leaders who assist rabbis or congregations without full-time rabbis. In addition to prerecorded videos, Rabbi Ginsburg streams live classes and Shabbat services.
Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg graduated from the University of Chicago in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He continued his studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master’s degree and was ordained as a rabbi in 1982. Rabbi Ginsburg’s first congregation was the Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, where he was the Educational Director as well as the Senior Rabbi. After five years in New York, he returned to the Midwest. Rabbi Ginsburg has served congregations ranging in size from a couple of hundred families to the 1400-family Temple of Aaron in Minneapolis. He is proud to have helped both large and small congregations substantially increase their numbers of member households.
A dedicated teacher, Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg is at home in academia as well as in the temple. He has taught at St. Catherine College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and at Metropolitan University in Minneapolis. The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism commended his religious instruction in 2009 with the Gold Medal for Adult Education. With esynagogue.org, Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg has now established himself in a new and evolving educational venue.