Rabbi Oren Steinitz, PhD

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Oren Z. Steinitz is an ordained rabbi and a member of OHALAH Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal.

He recently completed his doctorate at the University of Calgary‘s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (Religious Studies, Communications and Israel Studies), researching the attitude towards the “Other” in Jewish and Islamic legal websites. Oren holds BA and MA degrees from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He currently teaches at Mount Royal University in Calgary. His fields of expertise include the history of Jewish-Muslim relations; modern Jewish fundamentalism; Jewish and Islamic Law; and the religious online world.

For more information about Oren’s academic work and publications please see his Academia.edu page

Before becoming an ordained rabbi Oren served for five years as the University of Calgary’s Jewish Chaplain. He is often involved in pluralistic Jewish education initiatives as well as interfaith work and dialogue. Rabbi Oren Steinitz currently leads an alternative Minyan at Calgary’s Temple B’nai Tikvah, and works as an independent Jewish wedding and life-cycle officiant.

Oren lives in Calgary, AB, with his wife, Adar – a geologist – and their two small children, Eytan and Eliana.