Thank you for visiting the website of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. We hope that you will look around, learn more about the IRF’s vision and mission, and consider how you can join us in creating a vibrant Jewish future.
The IRF is a group of Orthodox Rabbis, Clergy and Spiritual leaders who join together to learn and grow professionally. Together we study Torah, engage in open and respectful discussion, and advocate policies and implement actions on behalf of the Jewish people and humankind.
The IRF is made up of men and women. We are from Israel and Chutz L’aretz. We are politically diverse and committed to a diversity of thought. We work in shuls, schools, camps, Hillels, and so much more. And we come together around a shared vision of a loving, open, and accessible Orthodoxy.
We are committed to the professional and spiritual growth and well-being of our members. As such we are dedicated to providing guidance, programming ideas and general support to IRF members. We do so via conferences, sharing resources, a members only listserve and a growing number shiurim open to IRF members.
We are committed to:
The creation of space where every participant feels comfortable voicing her or his opinion. A space where questions are always celebrated.
Bringing together Orthodox rabbis from the Golah and from Israel to put a wide range of opinions on the table in terms of Halakha, Hashkafa and public policy.
Respecting the right, responsibility and autonomy of individual rabbis to decide matters of halakha for their communities.
Religious Zionism, recognizing the centrality of the Land of Israel and the State of Israel to world Jewry.
Affirming the shared divine image (tzelem Elokim) of all people, our responsibility to improve the world and our capacity to be enriched by it.
Please feel free to contact any of the IRF Leadership if you have any questions of if the IRF can be of assistance to you.
Rabbi Jordan Soffer
IRF Mourns the Passing of Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, ZT"L
April 8, 2021
With great sorrow, the International Rabbinic Fellowship joins Klal Yisrael in mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, z”l.
IRF Statement on the the Recent Conversion Ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court
March 7, 2021
The International Rabbinic Fellowship, as a deeply committed Modern-Orthodox and Zionist organization, wholly supports the vision of the State of Israel as a Jewish-Democratic state that, in addition to being the home of all its citizens, is deeply connected to the entire Jewish people throughout the world, whatever their religious affiliation and identification. As such it must be open, welcoming and supportive of all law abiding citizens who dwell in its borders and to the entire spectrum of Jews throughout the world.
IRF Mourns the Loss of Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski zt"l
February 1, 2021
The International Rabbinic Fellowship together with the whole house of Israel expresses its deep mourning on the passing of Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski in Israel at the age of 90.
IRF Condemns The Events at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC and All Incitement of Violence
January 07, 2021
The breach of the Capitol building in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 6, together with the unlawful trespass, violence and intimidation by some supporters of President Trump are cause for alarm for us all and threaten the very concept of a peaceful transfer of power which is at the heart of our American democracy.
The IRF brings together Orthodox Rabbis to:
engage in serious study of Torah and Halacha,
join in open and respectful discussion, and
advocate for policies and implement actions on behalf of world Jewry and humankind.