Bio

Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, has been a leader and advocate on behalf of liberal Judaism inIsrael since 1998.

Rabbi Kariv was ordained by theHebrewUnionCollegeinJerusalemand earned his law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a combined degree in law and Jewish philosophy. He was a clerk in the State Attorney's Office and also earned an LLM in public and international law at the Northwestern University School of Law inIllinois.

Rabbi Kariv has advanced legal and social activism on behalf of religious pluralism and social justice in Israeli society in diverse capacities. He served in the positions of Associate Director and Director of Public Policy and Social Action at IMPJ's IsraelReligiousActionCenter.

Rabbi Kariv has held his current post as the Executive Director of the Israel Movement forProgressive Judaismsince January 2009. He is a board member of the Jewish Agency's Joint Institute for Jewish Studies and Hemdat: the Israel Association for the Promotion of Freedom of Science, Religion and Culture. He represents IMPJ at the Forum for Social Organizations inIsrael. Rabbi Kariv is also a committee member of the Knesset's project to establish an Israeli Constitution.

His activism on behalf of pluralistic Judaism began during his student days, when he joined the IMPJ and founded the Young Adult Leadership Forum, serving as its representative to the Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Prior to his academic studies, he served in the Israel Defense Force's Intelligence Corps, in the elite Talpiot Project.

Rabbi Kariv is the author of many articles and position papers on Judaism, religion and state and community empowerment inIsraeland is a frequently quoted commentator on these issues.

Rabbi Kariv lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Noa and their three children.