Celebrating 50 years (1969-2019)
Ryan is a rabbi, educator, transformational leader, and scholar. He was ordained in 2004 and received a doctorate in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation in 2011 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Ryan's teaching career includes several prestigious universities and seminaries, including the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Washington University in St. Louis, Franklin & Marshall College, Eden Theological Seminary, and the University of Minnesota. In the spring of 2020 Ryan will join the department of religion at St. Olaf College. He has also served as the campus rabbi at Minnesota Hillel, affiliated with the University of Minnesota.
As a rabbi, Ryan focus on developing and nurturing the talent within communities and individuals. He helps people transform themselves into leaders and helps leaders become better versions of themselves.
As a teacher, he loves to help people discover Judaism, religion, history, literature, and values.
As an academic scholar and public intellectual, Ryan writes and speaks about the intersection of religion and culture, with a specialty in classical Judaic literature. Ryan believes that religious literacy is a crucial skill in navigating the world around us no matter our religious or non-religious identity.