Rinat Safania Schwartz
Rinat Safania Schwartz is married to Liron and the mother of four-year-old Ariel. She was born in Jerusalem and lives in Kibbutz Naan. She holds a B.A. in psychology, a Master’s Degree in educational counseling, and a second Master’s Degree in Pluralistic Jewish Education, Midrash and Legend. Her Master’s thesis was devoted to Midrashic responses to the infertility of women. Today, she is an educational consultant at a vocational high school – Second Chance – for students who are not able to continue in the established school system. She was educated in the youth program of the Reform Movement in Israel, eventually becoming the director of the Youth movement. Rinat has written and implemented Jewish education programs throughout Israel and abroad, and was part of the Diller Fellows project, which links Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. Currently, Rinat is a student (fourth year) in the Israeli Rabbinical Program of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), a member of Women of the Wall, and serves as student rabbi of the emerging Reform community in Shoham. Rinat notes, “My vision is ‘Judaism in slippers’” – a dream that every Israeli and every Jew through the world feel that they have ownership of their Jewish identity, and in doing so they have a responsibility for shaping the Jewish character of their lives and their community.