Gil Steinlauf, Rabbi

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Rabbi Gil Steinlauf began as the new rabbi at Congregation Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland, in July 2019.

He served for ten years at Adas Israel Congregation in DC, where he was recognized for his success in re-envisioning the nature of the largest and oldest Conservative synagogue in Washington, DC.  In that role, he pioneered a paradigm shift that lifts up innovative modes of study and exploration of meaning as central in synagogue life.

Rabbi Steinlauf founded nationally recognized projects now operating out of Adas Israel, including MakomDC for 21st century experiential learning, and the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington for meditation, yoga, and contemplative Jewish practices.

Rabbi Steinlauf is the first senior rabbi of a large, historic, conservative congregation to come out as openly gay, and through his honesty, has sought to create an atmosphere of constructive dialogue on this and many other issues facing modern culture and Judaism.

He is the founder and director of the Hineni Fellowship for LGBTQ Jewish Leadership, a program that trains, educates and inspires up and coming Jewish leaders from the LGBTQ community to serve in leadership roles throughout the Jewish world.

Rabbi Steinlauf had previously been the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio, and the Rabbi of Temple Israel in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, earned an MHL from the University of Judaism, and received rabbinic ordination and an MA at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Currently, He also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. He also served as a co-creator of the USCJ’s “Innovation Labs” program that encourages Conservative Congregations to explore innovative programming.  Rabbi Steinlauf serves on the boards of A Wider Bridge and the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He also sits on the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion Council, as well as on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee of JTS. He is an alumnus of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, a member of the Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership’s Rabbis Without Borders program, and is graduate of the current GLEAN cohort of spiritual entrepreneurs.