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Moshe Givental

7365 Westbury Blvd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322
  (248) 325-8597



Hebrew College, Newton, MA

Rabbinic Ordination and M.A. in Jewish Education                                                                        June 2017


Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel                                                               

Year Program and Fellowship in Jewish Studies                                                                              June 2011


Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL

M.A. in Clinical Psychology                                                                                                                    June 2006


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.A. in Psychology                                                                                                                                     June 2003



Freelance Rabbi                                                                                                          September 2018 – Present

  • Teaching classes at Jewish Federation, Frankel Jewish Academy, Hazon, Kibbutz Detropia, Congregation T’Chiyah, etc.

  • Organizing, conference planning, event coordination with Interfaith Power and Light, Detroit Jews for Justice, Detroit Water Board, etc.

  • Officiating Weddings and Funerals

  • Founder of Water from the Rock: Eco-Chaplaincy and Environmental Education

  • Core Team Consultant for Climate Change and Consciousness

  • Transition Coach at Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, MI

Temple Beth Torah, Holliston, MA

Interim Rabbi                                                                                                                        July 2017 - June 2018

  • Organizing and leading all Holiday celebrations

  • Working with Hebrew School Director to develop family education and teaching Adults

  • Working closely with the Board to develop a vision to help the community transition, develop better communication strategies, and address long-standing tensions

  • Providing Pastoral care for the community

  • Developing and leading community wide Interfaith conversations in the city

Jewish Climate Action Network, Boston, MA

Volunteer                                                                                                                           September 2016 – 2018

  • Organizing protests and leading interfaith worship in support of safer energy infrastructure

  • Lead groups in ritual to help communities working on social justice transform despair into clarity of vision and then into constructive and collaborative action.

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Brighton, MA

Chaplain and Rabbinic Intern                                                                            September 2016 - June 2017

  • Organizing and leading holiday celebrations, Shabbat services, and memorials for residents and families

  • Developing and teaching adult education programs in English and Russian

  • Providing pastoral support for staff and residents across multiple housing sites

Temple Tifereth Israel, Winthrop, MA

Rabbinic Intern                                                                                                        September 2015 – May 2017

  • Leading High Holiday Services, Shabbat Services and providing pastoral care

  • Creating adult education program and teaching classes such as Making Prayer Meaningful, The Tree of Knowledge and Kashrut, and The Puzzle Pieces of Talmud

  • Teaching in and supervising other teachers in the Hebrew School


Temple Israel, Boston, MA

1st & 5th Grade Teacher                                                                                              August 2012 – May 2016

  • Developed and taught Sunday School curriculum for 1st & 5th grades

Pickard’s Mountain Eco-Institute, Chapel Hill, NC

Odyssey Fellow                                                                                                              June 2015 – August 2015

  • Organized and taught outdoor environmental education at summer camp for children

  • Completed a study of permaculture farming, environmental education, and eco-theology

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

Jewish Coordinator, Interfaith Program for Engaging Young Adults             June 2013- August 2013

  • Worked with interfaith team to develop and implement daily programs to engage young adults and larger community in interfaith dialogue and reflection

Temple Tiferet Israel,  Malden, MA

High Holiday Intern,  High Holidays of 2012 & 2013

  • Organized and led Adult and Family services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur

  • Delivered sermons for the community for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Chicago, IL

Senior Mental Health Worker, November 2006 – May 2009

  • Provided case management & counseling for participants addressing mental health problems, addiction, trauma, homelessness, medical and vocational services


The Cara Program, Chicago, IL

Psychotherapy Intern, September 2005 – August 2006

  • Conducted psychotherapy with adults addressing depression and anxiety disorders, anger management, substance abuse recovery, sexual abuse and trauma

Counterpoint Crisis Hotline and Shelter, Inkster, MI

Educator and Crisis Counselor, November 2003 – May 2004

  • Led group counseling sessions helping adolescents cope with drug abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, mood disorders, violence, and family difficulties



  • Appreciative Inquiry Consulting: An organizational change process to help individuals, organizations, and communities face challenging dynamics and take the next steps in their growth through building on the power of their strengths.

  • Restorative Justice: A process to help restore relationships after destructive actions, in settings ranging from classrooms to families and larger communities

  • The Work That Reconnects: A process that helps communities transform grief and despair into motivation, creativity, and courage in the face of social and environmental justice issues

  • Scriptural Reasoning: A format for people of different religions to study sacred texts together.

  • Tahara:  Jewish rituals about taking care of the deceased’s body after they pass away

  • Godly Play: An innovative story telling approach which helps children as well as adults experience the story in a new way, and use it to explore meaning, identity, and God.

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