Rabbi Jordan Gendra was born in Barcelona, Spain and is product of a converso family. A 2006 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, he also holds a Ph.D in Medieval Jewish History from Universitat de Girona and has completed a translation of the Passover Haggadah into his native language, Catalan. He currently serves as spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel in Sewell, NJ.
November 21st, 2017 | Season 0 | 37 mins 9 secs
Bryan, Rachael and guest Rabbi Jordan Gendra go medieval, medieval history that is. The Barcelona-born Gendra delves into Spanish history, including the 15th century roots to the recent standoff surrounding Catalan separatism. Bryan and the rabbi get into a friendly debate whether there are analogies between the independence movement in Barcelona and the secession of the South that led to the American Civil War. Oh, and he also charts his own journey from converso to Reconstructionist Rabbi and how that’s helped him reach Jews outside the mainstream.