Rabbi Irwin Kula is Co-President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank, and resource center. Known as both a provocative religious leader and a respected spiritual iconoclast, Irwin Kula uses Jewish wisdom in ways that speak to modern life. A cutting-edge scholar, teacher, and rabbi, he brings the insights of an ancient tradition to the challenges of the present to help people live more fully. Ranked No. 8 in Newsweekâ€™s â€œTop 50 Rabbis in America,â€ Kula provides a broad vision of religious pluralism. Frequently quoted in the press, he is in great demand by leaders from such diverse fields as business, technology, relationships, and religion. A regular on NBC-TVâ€™s â€œThe Today Showâ€ and co-host of the popular weekly radio show, Hirschfield and Kula, airing on KXL in Portland, Ore., Kula is the author of the recently published Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, and was featured in a national public TV special, the â€œHidden Wisdom of Our Yearnings,â€ which was based on his book. In 2004 Kula wrote and was featured in Time for a New God, an acclaimed documentary shown at film festivals nationwide. He is the co-editor of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLALâ€™s Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals and Blessings, and co-founder of the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Chicago.
A nationally recognized educator and lecturer who provides a broad vision of religious pluralism, Kula serves as a consultant to both corporate and family foundations, as well as to religious and philanthropic institutions and non-profit agencies on compassionate leadership development and institutional change. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia Univ., his B.H.L. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA) in NY, and his M.A. in Rabbinics and Rabbinic Ordination from JTSA. He has served as rabbi of congregations in St. Louis, Missouri, Queens, New York, and Jerusalem, Israel.