Rabbi Ari Moffic

Director of Youth and Teen Experiences, The Cohen Kadima Program

Rabbi Ari Poster Moffic (she/her) has worked as a Rabbi-Educator for over 20 years, but it was only recently that she discovered her true calling and passion: BMitzvahs. She was the Founding Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago (now 18Doors) starting the first “Your Community” initiative where she focused for six years on supporting interfaith couples and families as they explored Jewish life. She recently received the first Open Dor Project grant, given to four rabbis nationwide, to start or strengthen their own communities. In this entrepreneurial venture called Cohere, she worked with unaffiliated families to develop Jewish identity and learning. Rabbi Ari has a BA in Religious Studies from Indiana University, a Master’s Degree from Baltimore Hebrew University in Jewish Education and Communal Studies and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College. She has served as the Director of Education in area congregations which has included writing and implementing creative curricula and building community.

She is passionate about co-creating relevant, meaningful, accessible and inspiring Jewish educational offerings with participants of all ages. She is a parent advocate for full protections and rights for LGBTQIA+ children and teens in school and communal activities. She and her husband Rabbi Evan Moffic have teenage daughters and many pets.

Ari shares that, “I’ve followed Mishkan since the early days and am thrilled to be joining this community of life-long learners! I can’t wait to work with students at this pivotal time in their lives of asking deep questions, wrestling with ideas and explanations and integrating Judaism meaningfully and joyfully into their emerging identities.”