Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin is the Chair of the Masorti Movement Sustainability Roundtable. She founded and runs the Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights, an organization dedicated to placing in that state’s constitution a provision that guarantees everyone’s right to a healthy environment. She previously worked as the Director of Jewish Life at the Greater Baltimore JCC; founded and ran the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network and the Baltimore Orchard Project. From 1980-1984, Rabbi Cardin founded and ran the Jewish Women’s Resource Center (JWRC) and the Pregnancy Loss Peer Counseling Program, both sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section. Rabbi Cardin helped found the New York Jewish Healing Center (1990s), which became a project of the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services of New York.
Rabbi Cardin was a member of the first class of women rabbinical students at Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School. She graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Anthropology and Religion in 1975. She then earned her MA in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 1979 where she was the Managing Editor of the Conservative Judaism Magazine and the Secretary of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. In 1984, Rabbi Cardin was admitted to the JTS Rabbinical School and was ordained in 1988. She served JTS in various capacities including Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Assistant to the Chancellor, Assistant Dean of the Rabbinical School, and Visiting Instructor of Homiletics.
Rabbi Cardin is the author of numerous articles, and several books, including Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss.