Born and raised in Westchester County, New York, Jonathan Lubliner earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Vassar College in 1985. He received his MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was also ordained and later pursued doctoral studies in Jewish history. Rabbi Lubliner served congregations in Connecticut and New Jersey before becoming the Senior Rabbi of the Jacksonville Jewish Center in the summer of 2004.
His involvement in the larger community beyond the pulpit has encompassed a wide range of activities. Since 2005 he has been a visiting rabbinic instructor at Camp Ramah Darom, and prior to that, at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, where he also served as Rabbi-in-Residence for Imun, United Synagogue’s international lay leadership training program. During his years in New Jersey, Rabbi Lubliner was appointed to the Municipal Ethics Board of Old Bridge Township, and co-founded a local interfaith consortium to promote dialogue and better understanding between different religious communities. Here in Jacksonville, he serves on the board of OneJax, an interfaith organization dedicated to the promotion of diversity as the foundation for a strong community, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Group for Northeast Florida’s Community Hospice.
In the autumn of 2001 Rabbi Lubliner became the Dean of the Institute for Conversion and Outreach Education, a program of the New Jersey region of the Rabbinical Assembly, serving more than sixty affiliated congregations within the state. From 2006 to 2010 he served as Chair of the Taskforce on Conversion for the Rabbinical Assembly, the international body of the Conservative rabbinate, and is the author of Petah Ha-Ohel – At the Entrance of the Tent: A Rabbinic Guide to Conversion, published in 2011. Rabbi Lubliner’s strong commitment to conversion and outreach in the Jewish world continues to find expression in his current role as Chair of the Conversion Review Commission, which coordinates the Conservative movement’s conversion policies on five continents. Since 2011 he has also been a member of the Conservative movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.
A second generation rabbi, Jonathan Lubliner is blessed by his marriage to Susan, a Judaic artist and Hebrew calligrapher, and privileged to be the father of the couple’s three children, Avichai, Elior and Itamar. He enjoys cooking, reading and biking, and is a loyal fan of the New York Yankees.