Rabbi Jonah Pesner has led the Religious Action Center, in Washington D.C. since 2015. He also serves as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, in New York City, a position to which he was appointed to in 2011. Rabbi Pesner’s work has focused on encouraging Jewish communities to reach across lines of race, class, and faith.
An inspirational leader, Pesner was named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine. He is dedicated to building bridges to collectively confront anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hate and bigotry…a subject he will talk to Tiger Bay about.
A graduate of the Bronx High School Of Science, and Wesleyan University, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College. The Rabbi is married to Dana Gershon, an attorney…and they have four daughters.