Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin joined the Beth Tzedec Spiritual Leadership Team on August 1, 2019.
Previous to this appointment, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin served for ten years as Rabbi and mara d’atra of the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in Queens, New York. Prior to that, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin was Rabbi in Residence at the Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Chicago.
A native Torontonian, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin is thrilled to be back home permanently for the first time since 1997. After earning an undergraduate degree at York University, she temporarily relocated to the United States and earned a Masters of Social Work and Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from Yeshiva University in Manhattan and a Masters in Rabbinic Studies and Rabbinic Ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. She also spent two years studying in Israel, both at Hebrew University and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Fryer Bodzin was involved locally in ECRUSY as a teen and the passion for religious education and social action that she learned then has remained an integral part of her identity. She currently sits on the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly and Ruach Hiddush: Rabbis and Cantors for Religious Freedom and Equality in Israel.
Rabbi Fryer Bodzin is also part of the Rabbis Without Borders network, an international, pluralistic and dynamic cohort of religious leaders who share ideas and are inspired by a sense of service to all.
While living in the US, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin was a founding member of Rabbis Against Gun Violence. In January 2013, she represented New York State at the White House, meeting with representatives of the President’s Office and Vice President’s Office to discuss gun control and gun violence prevention. Following that experience, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin’s thought pieces were published a number of anthologies. She has also has her works published in the Times of Israel, the Canadian Jewish News, Grok Nation and the New York Jewish Week.
Rabbi Fryer Bodzin is married to Aaron Bodzin and together they are blessed to call Ariella Bella their daughter.