Menachem Creditor

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Menachem Creditor is the rabbi of Congregation Netivot Shalom,[1] in Berkeley, California, a blogger for the Times of Israel and a contributor to the Huffington Post. Rabbi Creditor is a Trustee of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), sits on the Executive Committee and the Social Justice Commission of the Rabbinical Assembly, and is a member of the Chancellor's Rabbinic Leadership Team at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is chair of The Masorti Center, a co-founder and facilitator of ShefaNetwork: The Conservative/Masorti Movement Dreaming from Within, co-founder of KeshetRabbis: The Alliance of Gay-Friendly Conservative/Masorti Rabbis,[2] and the immediate past International Co-Chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall.

Creditor has been described as "one of the most outspoken, activist rabbis, speaking and organizing on behalf of a range of progressive causes",[3] "a vocal proponent of gay and women’s rights"[4] and "a leading advocate of gay ordination."[5] He was noted for his controversial 2005 speech at the biennial conference of the Conservative movement, urging the expulsion of non-egalitarian congregations from the movement.[6] He also appears as a "central figure" in Josh Kornbluth's 2010 monologue Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? and Kornbluth's 2013 monologue Sea of Reeds[7][8][9]

In August 2012, Creditor traveled to Ghana, Africa, with American Jewish World Service, and has since become increasingly vocal on issues such as global slavery and urban gun violence, partnering with national faith-based organizing groups such as the PICO Network. He has twice been invited as an American faith leader to the White House, presenting "A Prophetic Response to Gun Violence" and the PICO interfaith "Healing the Soul of America from Gun Violence" statement[10] As an outcome of the clergy gathering, Creditor edited and published a collection of rabbinic voices as "Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence."[11] The book, now in its second printing, has been distributed to congressional leaders, and Creditor's contemporary Prayer to end Gun Violence[12] has been distributed by interfaith organizations around the United States.

A frequent speaker at synagogues, college campuses, and Jewish communities around the country and in Israel on questions of Jewish Identity, Leadership, Activism and Spirituality, Rabbi Creditor was named by Newsweek as one of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America. His books include the transliterated Siddur (prayerbook) for Shabbat "Tov LeHodot," and the children's books "A Pesach Rhyme" and "Avodah: A Yom Kippur Story." In August 2014, he edited and published in less than two days a collection entitled "The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel"[13] [14]in solidarity with Israel during attacks from Hamas in Gaza.


  1. ^ "Shalom! Welcome to Netivot Shalom! | Congregation Netivot Shalom". Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  2. ^ Pine, Dan (10 August 2007). "New rabbi hopes to 'build and dream' in Berkeley". j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. Retrieved 19 February 2012. In 2003, Creditor co-founded Keshet Rabbis, a campaign to push Conservative Judaism to change policies regarding gay and lesbian Jews. This was long before the movement opened its seminary last year to gays and lesbians. 
  3. ^ Newsweek, "America's Top 50 Rabbis for 2013", March 21, 2013
  4. ^ Marissa Brostoff, "Conservative Bigs Tackle New Realities", The Forward, November 30, 2007.
  5. ^ Ben Harris, "Conservative rabbis open doors to gays, sort of", Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, December 5, 2006.
  6. ^ Scott A. Shay, Getting our groove back: how to energize American Jewry (Devora Publishing, 2007), ISBN 978-1-932687-85-9, p. 192. Excerpt available at Google Books.
  7. ^ Dan Pine, "Andy Warhol: Good for this Jew", J. Weekly, April 15, 2010.
  8. ^ Pat Craig, "Theater review: Josh Kornbluth scores again with new solo show 'Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?'", San Jose Mercury News, April 13, 2010.
  9. ^ Emma Silvers, "Sea of reeds: An actor’s journey to find his faith", JWeekly, June 20, 2013.
  10. ^ Hamil R. Harris (January 30, 2013). "Diverse clergy group launches effort to curb urban violence". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  11. ^ Emma Silvers (February 14, 2013). "Galvanized by gun violence: Local Jews getting involved in efforts to stem the tide". (San Francisco). Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ghert-Zand, Renee (12 December 2013). "Rabbi writes special prayer for Newtown anniversary". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 31 December 2013. To mark the first anniversary of the tragedy, Rabbi Menachem Creditor of the Conservative Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, California has written a special version of El Malei Rachamim, the Jewish prayer for the dead, for the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting. 
  13. ^ Dan Pine, "Berkeley rabbi writes and publishes book about Israel in 48 hours", J. Weekly, August 7, 2014.
  14. ^ Steve Lipman, "Rabbi Pens Book On Israel/Gaza Conflict In 36 Hours", New York Jewish Week, August 15, 2014.