The New Shul’s co-rabbis are Michael Wasserman and Elana Kanter, who have served together since founding the shul in 2002. They have been married to each other since 1984, and have three children.
Rabbi Wasserman is a graduate of Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. He has published numerous articles in professional and academic journals. His article, “The Far Side of Freedom: Torah and Autonomy,” published in Modern Judaism (Oxford University Press), is available for download here. His article “The New Middle Ground: A Challenge to Conservative Judaism,” published in Conservative Judaism (The Jewish Theological Seminary/The Rabbinical Assembly) is available here.
Rabbi Kanter is a graduate of Barnard College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She is a recipient of the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators (1998). In addition to her work at The New Shul, she serves as the founding director of The Women’s Jewish Learning Center.