CONNECTIONS 2017

Rabbi Helena Rubinstein

Chairperson, Eastern European Council of Reform Rabbis
Rabbi Helena Rubinstein

Rabbi Helena Rubinstein

Rabbi Helena Rubinstein was born in Moscow in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in 1955. She graduated from the Faculty of History at the Pedagogic University in Moscow, and worked for fourteen years as a scientific member of the staff at the Borodino History Museum in the city. In 1992, she made Aliyah together with her family. She has worked in a number of positions in the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) since 1994, including coordinator of the Legal Action Center for Olim (LACO) in Beer-Sheva and Tel Aviv, and coordinator of programs for olim at Beit Daniel Congregation. She began her studies at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 1997. She now holds an M.A. in Jewish history and, from 2002, has joined the growing list of women who have been ordained at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem, among whom she is the first immigrant from the FSU. In December 2002 she was appointed director of the Olim Department and Conversion School in the IMPJ headquarters. Since 2009, Rabbi Rubinstein has been a head of the Sha’arei Shalom Community in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rabbi Helena Rubinstein is Chairperson of the Eastern European Council of Reform Rabbis.