Rabbis Without Borders (RWB), is a initiative that helps rabbis make Jewish thought and practice more available for improving people’s lives, selected its third class for its competitive rabbinic fellowship program. More than 90 applicants competed for the 22 spots. Of those selected, Robert Barr from Loveland, Ohio was picked for this program.
RWB tries to have a diverse culture of Rabbis from all levels of religiosity within Judaism. This is to help deal with the ever changing sociological factors that influence Jews everywhere.
Rabbi Barr is the Founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Adam. He is a writer whose works have been published in serveral books, on the web, and in journals. He received his Smiecha from Hebrew Union College as well as being awarded a Doctor in Divinity. Those around him will always mention his irreverent and often witty presentation style. He is a popular speaker who speaks on a wide range of topics. Some of these topics include contemporary Jewish thought, religious fundamentalism and ethics. Barr is Past President of the Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis and is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Rabbi Barr works hard to gain knowledge on many different aspects of Judasim. He is always broadening his horizons. When asked why he wished to join RWB he said, “Listening to Rabbi Laura Baum talk about her extraordinary experiences at RWB, I’ve come to know on a detailed level about the remarkable program that has been built.” He expanded further, “While I’ve served in rabbinate for 30 years, I know that I could benefit from being part of this unique opprotunity. Within my rabbinate, I’ve seen how borders have been used to marginalize and disrupt the Jewish community. I geniunely value any opportunity to work with those who seek to remove borders and create conversations.”