Rabbi Michael Namath

Assistant Vice President, National Campaigns and Program

Rabbi Michael Namath received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).  In this role he oversees national campaigns as as well as in person and virtual trainings to provide leadership development opportunities for youth and adults. 

Before joining the RAC, Rabbi Namath held student pulpits at Temple Beth El in Battle Creek, MI; Temple Shalom in Lafayette, LA; and Congregation B'nai Israel in Natchez, MS. He also held internships with Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri, HUC-JIR Department of Outreach Education, as well as in the HUC-JIR Youth Programs Department. He was recognized for his leadership at HUC-JIR by being awarded the Stephen N. Levinson Memorial Prize. Throughout college and rabbinical school, Rabbi Namath spent six summers as a staff member at the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp.

Rabbi Namath regularly serves on the faculty of URJ Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, PA. He authored a chapter on youth involvement in justice work in the book Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority as well as a chapter on food justice and Jewish values in the book The Sacred Table.   He served as a member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington.  He also was a member of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress.  Rabbi Namath served as a member of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Institutional Review Board. 

Latest by Rabbi Michael Namath

Modern-Day Plagues of Injustice and Inequality

Rabbi Michael Namath
On Passover, we recount the Ten Plagues that were inflicted upon the Egyptian people. Below you can find some of the "plagues" and injustices that afflict our present-day society and actions you can take.

Teens Connect to Judaism Through Justice

Joy Friedman
Annabelle Hanflig
Rabbi Greg Litcofsky
Rabbi Michael Namath
Every year, nearly 2,000 high school-aged Reform Jewish students participate in the Religious Action Center's L'Taken Seminar in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of December, Rabbi Greg Litcofsky, took the confirmation class at his congregation, Temple Emanu-El of West Essex, to Washington D.C. to participate in the L’taken Seminar. The program is designed to expose students to a variety of public policy issues, explore the Jewish values surrounding these issues and teach the skills of an effective advocate. Below, Rabbi Litcofsky and one of Temple Emanu-El’s students, Annabelle Hanflig, reflect on their experience.