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Hilly Haber

Rabbi, Director of Social Justice Organizing and Education

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As Director of Social Justice Organizing and Education since 2019, Rabbi Hilly Haber works with the lay leaders in Central’s Community Organizing Leadership Team (COLT) on systemic justice issues such as criminal justice reform and immigration, as well as on other areas of social justice programming.   

Rabbi Haber also has taught men and women on Rikers Island through Manhattan College. She and her wife, Rabbi Rachel Marder of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, New Jersey, are the rabbinic chaplains at Northern State Prison in Newark, New Jersey.   

Ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Haber was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Tisch Fellow. She previously served as the Director of Urban Mitzvah Corps in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as an intern at Temple Beth Jacob in El Centro, California, and as an intern with the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). She is a contributor to the CCAR Press book, “Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: Our Jewish Obligation to Social Justice.”   

Rabbi Haber is currently pursuing her PhD at Union Theological Seminary. Prior to joining Central, she was a student rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, New Jersey. Rabbi Haber earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. Rabbi Haber, along with Rabbi Daniel Ross, helped lead the Spartan Race team during their time at Hebrew Union College.  

Originally from New York, she lives in New Jersey with her wife and son.