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A veteran congregational rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg possesses over three decades of experience leading several Jewish communities in the United States. After gaining his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from The University of Chicago, Jonathan Ginsburg matriculated to The Jewish Theology Seminary, where he graduated with a Master’s degree and completed his Rabbinic Ordination. In 2010, he received his Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa. 

In the early 1980s, while residing in New York, Jonathan Ginsburg served as the Senior Rabbi and Educational Director of the Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn. For five years, he led the local community and provided spiritual guidance and education. Jonathan Ginsburg relocated to St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1987 and functioned as an Associate Rabbi at the Temple of Aaron before advancing to Senior Rabbi in 1989. For 15 years, Jonathan Ginsburg led the conservative congregation. He returned to his hometown of Chicago in 2004 and began operating as Senior Rabbi and Educational Director of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation located in Skokie, Illinois, from 2004 to 2011. In 2008, hoping to extend his reach and support to others, Jonathan Ginsburg initiated Esynagogue, an online Jewish forum for religious instruction and education.

As President of Esynagogue, Jonathan Ginsburg uses his decades of experience in his lectures and videos that he posts and streams on the Internet. The accessible platform enables Jonathan Ginsburg to provide additional support to people in the global community as well as offer educational and instructive material and guidance for those interested in converting to Judaism. Since its founding in 2008, Esynagogue has assisted in the conversion of numerous people, and Ginsburg produced over 500 Jewish educational videos: “This course is great! We would recommend it to anyone seeking a path to conversion. The amount of information is astounding. You put so much work into the course,” state David and Cynthia, two individuals who converted to Judaism.

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President of Esynagogue

Jewish Institute for Religious Instruction




University of Chicago