Rabbi Amy Eilberg
In 1985 Rabbi Amy Eilberg became the first women ordained as a rabbi in the Conservative Movement. Soon after that she found her vocation in the work of healing. A co-founder of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, where she directed the Jewish Hospice Care Program, and a founding co-director of the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction, she is nationally known as a leader of the Jewish healing movement and in the field of Jewish spiritual direction. From 2007 to 2011 Rabbi Amy Eilberg served as coordinator of the Jay Phillips Center's Interfaith Conversations Project, fostering interfaith learning and friendship among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Twin Cities area. Currently she is the center's special consultant for interfaith conversation, works with the Jewish Council on Public Affairs on its Civility Campaign, and serves on the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations. She is also deeply engaged in the work of peace and reconciliation, particularly in connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, lecturing and writing on this topic as well as on the art of compassionate listening, healing, and spiritual direction. Rabbi Eilberg is at work on a book titled From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom on the Pursuit of Peace (Orbis Books, 2014).