thumb_mitelman_headshotI’ve always been fascinated by the way the mind works — and how and why it so often makes mistakes. Our minds are what construct our view of the world, which then affects how we act in it. And while sometimes those worldviews are accurate, often, they aren’t. So I simply devour books and articles that give us a more nuanced view of ourselves and our world.

In my rabbinate, my greatest joys come when I get to share ways we can see the world more accurately, in order to behave more justly. I am currently the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, and have had a long background of integrating Jewish tradition with modern topics.

I was selected by Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, to be one of twenty “Rabbis Without Borders,” a national program that seeks to position rabbis as American religious leaders and spiritual innovators who contribute Jewish wisdom to the American spiritual landscape. And I was also chosen to be one of twelve rabbis in the initial group of the Balfour Brickner Fellowship, a joint program with Clal and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism that aims to integrate Jewish textual tradition with modern social and political issues. Before entering rabbinical school, I worked at Facing History and Ourselves, a national non-profit educational consulting organization that aims to teach the Holocaust as a lesson in human behavior, linking history to moral choices today.

I live in White Plains with my wife, Heather Stoltz, who is a fiber artist.

I’m always excited to discover new ways to connect Judaism to a closer look at human nature, and that’s what “Sinai and Synapses” is all about.