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 Expresses Its Support for LGBTQ+ Members of Our Community
September 07, 2022
The International Rabbinic Fellowship, a membership organization of several hundred Orthodox rabbis, communal scholars, clergy and educators, affirms that LGBTQ+ Jews are treasured and beloved members of our schools, shuls, and families.
IRF Mourns the Passing of Rabbi Professor David Weiss Halivni z”l
July 3, 2022
The International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF) mourns the passing of Rabbi Professor David Weiss Halivni z"l (1927-2022) a gadol ba-Torah, a great Torah scholar, who served as a bridge between European Jewish life and American Jewish life.
IRF Celebrates Yom Yerushalayim and Condemns Extremism
May 30, 2022
We join with Jews all over the world in thanking God for the miraculous victory of Israel in the Six Day War when the entire Jewish world feared for the survival of the Jewish state, for the gift of a return of Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem after 2,000 years and access to our holy sites that was denied to us for so many centuries.
IRF Condems Recent Terror Attacks and Stands in Solidarity With the State of Israel and the People of Israel
March 29, 2022
The International Rabbinic Fellowship condemns the horrific terror attacks in Israel, in Bnei Brak, Hadera, and Beer Sheva resulting in the brutal murder of 11 Israelis and foreign nationals.
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.