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Rabbi Michael Namath - Biography

Rabbi Michael Namath is the Program Director at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington DC. He received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in May, 2001.

Before joining the RAC, Rabbi Namath held student pulpits at Temple Beth El in Battle Creek, MI; Temple Shalomin Lafayette, LA; and Congregation B'nai Israel in Natchez, MS. He also held internships with Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri, HUC-JIR Department of Outreach Education, as well as in the HUC-JIR Youth Programs Department. He was recognized for his leadership at HUC-JIR by being awarded the Stephen N. Levinson Memorial Prize. Throughout college and rabbinical school, Rabbi Namath spent six summers as a staff member at the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp.

Rabbi Namath regularly serves on the faculty of URJ Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, PA. He is a current member of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress.  He also serves a member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Metroplitan Washington.  He co-authored a chapter on food justice and Jewish values in the book The Sacred Table. Rabbi Namath served as a member of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Institutional Review Board from 2003-2006.