Rabbi Porath specializes in teaching Jewish values and Jewish passion through texts, stories and Jewish History. His dynamic style and energy captivate and engage the audience.
Rabbi Porath comes from an old Jerusalem family; he served as a Hillel and congregational rabbi in the States before making aliyah in 1984. A longtime Wexner teacher, he specializes in conveying Jewish passion and in engaging his audiences to explore and deepen their Jewishness. He speaks from the heart and inspires; he comes by it naturally: He is the 18th generation of rabbis in his family.
I have known Rabbi Jonathan Porath since he was a student at the Jewish Theological Seminary and have followed his career with satisfaction and affection. Intellectual curiosity, spiritual thirst, passion for learning, human warmth help him become an exciting Jewish activist and public speaker. He brings pride to his teachers and great pleasure to all who study with him.— Elie Wiesel z"l, Nobel Lauriate, Wiesel Foundation, New York, NY
Our evening with Rabbi Jonathan Porath was nothing short of magical. His talk on "Israel at 70" was captivating, insightful, deeply inspiring, funny and uplifting, He brought the miracle of Israel alive in a truly remarkable way. Before and after the speech, he made sure to greet every attendee personally, to hear their story, and to connect with each in a remarkable and memorable way.— Rabbi Phil Scheim, Rabbi & President, Rabbinical Assembly, Beth David, Toronto
THANK YOU for your warmth, kindness, inspiration and wonderful stories. Everyone loved your presentations, speaking to the Federation staff, adults and recent retirees, as well as to the Annual Meeting of the Greater Portland Federation. I am so appreciative you were here and delighted that you blessed Portland with your visit. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future.— Marc N. Blattner, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Portland, OR
Rabbi Porath came to our small community in Iowa and by the time he left, our pride and sense of Judaism were as tall as the corn that surrounds us. He has the unique ability to connect with every generation in our community and is also is able to reach out to the non-Jewish community and help them better understand our history and customs in a way that leaves them wanting more. Toda Rabba!— Ira Fratrik, Past President, Sons of Jacob Synagogue, Waterloo, IA
Your recent weekend with the congregation was fabulous. You brought out people who rarely attend such Shabbat events. You have the rare capacity to reach adults and youth alike. Your Shabbat Scholar in Residence weekend was one of the most well-received in my 34 years at Adath Jeshurun.— Rabbi Robert Slosberg, Rabbi, Adath Jeshurun, Louisville, KY
Your talk on the teachings and Torah of Elie Wiesel z'l was truly inspiring. You connected his teaching to your life, and from your life to ours. Your enthusiasm, flare, skill and anecdotes kept the audience attention from beginning to end. The finale, a clip from Elie Wiesel, left everyone speechless. The impact was overwhelming.— Rabbi Lionel Moses, Rabbi, Shaare Zion Congregation, Montreal