Rabbi Amy Bardack

Shalom! I’m Rabbi Amy Bardack and I am delighted to be teaching Jewish communal professionals through JLC. In September, I began serving as the very first rabbi of Dor Hadash, a 60-year-old Reconstructionist congregation in Pittsburgh. Prior to my current position, I worked at the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh strengthening community educational programs and catalyzing new initiatives in Jewish life and learning. I spent 17 years in Jewish day school leadership in San Jose and Boston. I am a graduate of Columbia University and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

My core commitments include helping people find personal meaning in Jewish texts and traditions, welcoming those who have been marginalized from Jewish life, and upholding the inherent dignity of every human being. Some of my recently published opinion pieces include “How Inclusive Are We Willing to Be?” in eJewish philanthropy (February 2, 2022) and “Voting as a Jews is Not Only About Israel” in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle (May 9, 2022).

I serve on the executive council of the Rabbinical Assembly, an international membership organization, and on the board of the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. In the aftermath of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, I served on the long-term resiliency planning committee alongside representatives from the government, local Jewish organizations, the three attacked congregations, and victims and survivors.

I live in Pittsburgh with my husband, two college-aged children, and a cat and dog.

Rabbi Amy Bardack Favorite Subjects



Introduction to Judaism

Jewish Denominations / aka Streams of Judaism


Life Cycle








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