Rabbi Oren Steinitz, PhD

Photo credit - Naor CohenOren Z. Steinitz recently completed his PhD 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. He holds a BA and MA in Middle East Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. In addition he teaches at Mount Royal University.His fields of expertise include the history of Jewish-Muslim relations; modern Jewish fundamentalism; Jewish and Islamic Law; and the Jewish and Islamic 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