Rabbi Nathan S. Kamesar serves as Rabbi of Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia. He was ordained, and received an M.A. in Hebrew Letters, at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2018. While in rabbinical school, Nathan served as president of the Reconstructionist Student Association and was honored with the Tikkun Olam Award for service to the college community. He also earned an M.S. degree in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016.
Rabbi Kamesar serves as Rabbinic Liaison and is a member of the Steering Committee of Center City Kehillah, a network of communities representing the diversity of Jewish life in urban Philadelphia, and is a member of the Policy Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia. He also recently completed a term of service as Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Representative to the RRC Admissions Committee.
Before rabbinical school, Rabbi Kamesar was an attorney at the law firm Skadden Arps. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010. Prior to law school, Nathan served two years with AmeriCorps*VISTA in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Nathan is a proud Oregon Duck; he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon in 2004 with a degree in economics. He and his wife, Caroline Fortin, both grew up in the Philadelphia area. He loves teaching, reading, basketball, music, and life.
August 31st, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 7 mins
high holidays, jew, jewish, judaism, reconstructionist, rosh hashanah, yom kippur
In this pre-High Holidays episode, Bryan Schwartzman asks Rabbi Nathan Kamesar how he prepares to lead Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. They discuss ways people can the most out of the holidays, whether they go to synagogue or not.
September 26th, 2018 | Season 0 | 50 mins 53 secs
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president of Reconstructing Judaism, and Rabbi Nathan Kamesar, associate rabbi of Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia, discuss the ubiquity of technology and the opportunities and challenges they bring to Judaism.