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Shoshana Susan Dworsky

Associate Chaplain for Jewish and Interfaith Life, Chaplain's Office

I’m a rabbi, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York, in 1998. That means I’m ordained in the Conservative Movement, and am a member of the Rabbinical Assembly. But I serve the Carleton Jewish community, and general community, in all its diversity. I am open to the broad variety of approaches to Judaism, to religion, and to life, that we find on college campuses today.

I served congregations in NYC and Portland, OR, and served as interim rabbi at UMichigan, Ann Arbor before joining the team at Carleton in 2004.

I lived in Israel for 4 years, more like 5 if you include the year I spent there as a rabbinical student. I speak a fluent Hebrew, and want everyone else to too! Take Hebrew at Carleton!!!

Before living in Israel I was a student at the Univ. of Minnesota (we call it the U of M here, or just “the U”), earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in violin performance, but no, I don’t play any more. That was then!

Professional Organizations & Affiliations

Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism (the word ‘Conservative’ in this context means – on one foot -more attachment to Hebrew and traditional observance than the Reform Movement, to which it is, historically, a reaction. But for example, the Conservative Movement has been ordaining women since 1985, and out LGBTQ people for about a decade. So in that sense the word ‘conservative’ is misleading. Call me, we can discuss more if you’re interested.)

Rabbis for Human Rights (T’ruah)

Interfaith Power and Light

Transit for LIvable Communities (TLC)


At Carleton since 2005.