Meet Dini

An experienced rabbi, scholar, community builder, speaker and writer, and a creative voice and entrepreneur in the renewal of contemporary Jewish life.

Rabbi Adina Lewittes founded Sha’ar, a northern NJ/NYC-based, values-driven Jewish community oriented around the call to societal, environmental and spiritual sustainability. For twenty years Sha’ar provided multiple gateways into Jewish life exemplified by a commitment to inclusiveness, diversity, innovation, scholarship, excellence and collaboration. From 2017 - 2020 served as the Scholar in Residence at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in NYC, a synagogue renowned for its commitment to social justice and spiritual activism. Dini is also a member of the senior rabbinic faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute, the Board of Trustees of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and of Keshet, a national organization working for LGBT+ inclusion in Jewish and Democratic life. Previously, Dini served as the Assistant Dean of the Rabbinical School at JTS where she now serves on the faculty teaching Contemporary Jewish Law, and founded a synagogue in Englewood, New Jersey, modelling shared leadership and collective communal responsibility. Dini regularly enjoys speaking engagements in the US and Canada and publishing essays on topics including Jewish identity, leadership, Jewish innovation, sexual/gender diversity, multifaith/ multiheritage marriage and engagement, and contemporary Jewish spirituality. Dini is an avid skier, hiker and all-around nature enthusiast. She is married to Andi Lewittes, and has four children, two stepchildren, and one incredible dog.


Every class of Dini’s is a tour de force packed with wonderful sources and raising stimulating questions.

Judith Plaskow | Theologian

Author of the Jewish feminist classic Standing Again at Sinai