Ruth Balinsky Friedman
Ruth Balinsky Friedman serves as the Maharat at Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue in Washington, DC. She is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat, which is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic (legal) authorities.
Maharat Ruth’s responsibilities at Ohev Sholom include overseeing the conversion program, developing procedures for our new mikvah, directing the adult programming, providing pastoral counseling, teaching in the community, and more.
Maharat Ruth is deeply committed to working to ensure that Jewish communal structures provide sensitivity and support to individuals and couples struggling with fertility challenges, and she is honored to serve on The Red Stone Advisory Committee. She is a proud member of both the Chicago and Washington Boards of Rabbis, and she sits on the Executive Committee of the board of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, of which she is also a member. Maharat Ruth is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD.