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Rabbi Nina Mandel

Rabbi, Congregation Beth El (Sunbury, PA)

Rabbi Nina H. Mandel has been with Congregation Beth El since the summer of 2002. She began as a part-time student rabbi and was hired full time after her ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA in 2003. She also holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from New York University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her full-time duties as rabbi for Beth El, Rabbi Nina is a lecturer at Susquehanna University teaching classes in Jewish philosophy and culture, Women’s Studies, Diversity Studies, and Jewish film. She also co-leads an interfaith engagement class for SU students for two weeks in Jerusalem. Rabbi Nina teaches periodically at Bucknell University and has been a guest lecturer at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. 

She was elected as president of the RRA (Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association) in March 2015. 

Lekh Lekha and the Promised Land: Text Study

This text study, prepared by Rabbi Nina Mandel, contains pairs of passages examining biblical and contemporary notions of what “Promised Land” means, and how it has been interpreted by Jewish thinkers over the millennia.