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Founding President

Jonathan Woocher z”l

Jon joined Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah in 2013 as its first President and became Senior Fellow in September 2016. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Jon worked for 27 years at JESNA as President and then as Chief Ideas Officer, where he headed the Lippman Kanfer Institute, an action-oriented think tank for innovation in Jewish Learning and Engagement. Jon had a B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University. Previously, Jon served on the faculty of Carleton College in Minnesota and Brandeis University, where he taught in the Benjamin S. Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service. Jon was the author of Sacred Survival: The Civil Religion of American Jews and numerous articles on Jewish education, community, and religious life. Jon lived in NJ with his wife and was the father of two, grandfather to one.