Rabbi  Isaiah Rothstein

Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein

Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor


Jewish Federations of North America

Rabbi Isaiah Joseph Rothstein serves as Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor at Jewish Federations of North America, and is a founder of JFNA’s Initiative for Jewish Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Jewish Youth Climate Movement, and Kamochah, a community for Black Orthodox Jews. 

Prior to JFNA, Isaiah was rabbi-in-residence at Hazon, Isabella Freedman, and Be’chol Lashon, and served as rabbi for youth at Carmel Academy, Young Israel of Stamford, NCSY, and Camp Yavneh.  Isaiah studied at Kushner Yeshiva High School, Lev HaTorah, Machon Lev, Binghamton University and received rabbinic ordination and a MSW from Yeshiva University. Raised in a multi-racial Chabad family from Monsey, NY, he sees himself as a human bridge, connecting disparate parts of the Jewish community and America. Isaiah is a part of Rabbis Without Borders, Schusterman’s ROI + Senior Fellowship Cohort VII, and was listed in Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36.” When not working to keep the world safe for the Jewish people and democracy, Isaiah is writing a musical about Queen Esther.

Celebrating the Racial and Ethnic Diversity of the Jewish People

Monday, April 24
9:00am - 10:15am