Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D.Senior Director, Special Projects

Carole B. Balin is Senior Director of Special Projects at Auburn Seminary and Professor Emerita of History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Balin has trained and mentored over 500 beloved rabbinical, cantorial and education students and published prodigiously on topics ranging from Jewish women under the Tsars to the Maxwell House Haggadah. She curated the national traveling exhibit “Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age” and wrote and narrated the animated short “The Click Moment: Jewish Feminism 101.” She appears on PBS’ regularly-aired “The Jewish People: A Story of Survival,” blogs for the Huffington Post and lectures at synagogues and universities throughout the world. Balin is a member of the boards of the Jewish Women’s Archive and Camp Young Judaea, as well as a NY-state certified rape crisis/domestic violence counselor.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, Balin is an ordained rabbi and earned a Ph.D. in history at Columbia University. She has honed her spiritual practice in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s two-year program for clergy.

Balin made her “Broadway debut” on West 4th Street in a student production of the “The Vagina Monologues” and lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gertzman, and three children.