Rabbi Jan Uhrbach
RABBI JAN R. UHRBACH, the founder of NAHAR, is a well-known teacher of Torah, prayer leader, and community-builder. In addition to teaching small private study groups in the NY area, Rabbi Uhrbach has taught and served as scholar-in-residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School, the Wexner Heritage Foundation, the 92nd Street Y, the Skirball Center for Adult Learning, The Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, and many synagogues. In the summer months, she serves as Rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons, a congregation she helped found in 1998.
Rabbi Uhrbach is also a gifted writer and liturgist. She served on the Editorial Committee of Machzor Lev Shalem, the new High Holy Day prayerbook published by the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, and is currently at work as associate editor on Siddur Lev Shalem, a Shabbat and Festival Prayerbook, scheduled to be published by the Rabbinical Assembly in 2015. She has also published several essays.
Rabbi Uhrbach received her ordination from JTS, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and the recipient of academic prizes in theology, philosophy, Talmud, and professional skills.
The rabbinate is Rabbi Uhrbach’s second career. A graduate of Yale University (1985) and Harvard Law School (1988), Rabbi Uhrbach served as Law Clerk to Federal District Judge Kimba M. Wood. She then joined the New York law firm of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, where she specialized in media litigation. Rabbi Uhrbach became a partner of the firm in January, 1996.