Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Dr. Richard Ruth

Richard Ruth is retired from his work as a professor of clinical psychology and interdisciplinary LGBT health, and is studying to become a rabbi. He has rusty native Yiddish and is bilingual in Spanish and bicultural. At Kol Ami, he leads services and teaches adult education classes, leads a weekly Pizza and Talmud class for teenagers, organizes a weekly Daf Yomi (Talmud) class for adults, and has helped teenagers and adults learn prayers and prepare for bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies. He is delighted and proud to be beginning his service as Kol Ami’s first rabbinic intern. He lives in Arlington with his husband Jim North, who often brings his musical talents to our services and other activities.

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