Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Rabbi-in-Residence for the Jewish Funds for
Justice and the author of There Shall be no Needy: Pursuing Social
Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition, to be published by Jewish
Lights in February 2009. She has written extensively on issues
including housing, labor, and health care from a Jewish perspective;
her work has appeared in more than two dozen magazines, journals, and
anthologies. Rabbi Jacobs has twice been named to the Forward 50, the
Forward newspaper's annual list of "movers and shakers" in the Jewish
world, and has also been named to the New York Jewish Week's
"Thirty-six under thirty-six." She received rabbinic ordination and an
MA in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a
Wexner Fellow. Rabbi Jacobs also holds an MS in Urban Affairs from
Hunter College and a BA from Columbia University. She lives in
Manhattan with her husband, Guy Austrian.

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A Not-So-Sweet Cookie Story

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You Shall Not Steal: Not As Easy As It Looks

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Swine Flu Xenophobia: Not Kosher

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Social Change, Every Which Way

I recently returned from a whirlwind, thirty-two hour tour of LA, during which I spoke…

See-Thru Credit Cards

Several years ago, an acquaintance stole my identity and opened several credit cards in my…

Tzedakah, Philanthropy, and Tax Breaks

The always-provocative Peter Singer has a fascinating column in this week’s Forward in which he…