Rabbi Ruttenberg is a popular, dynamic speaker who frequently teaches, lectures and serves as scholar-in-residence around the country – at universities, synagogues and churches, conferences, retreat centers, and many other venues.

She’s available to speak on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to:


  • Nurture the Wow: Parenting as a Spiritual Practice
  • Unrepentant: What Our Culture Needs to Learn About Repairing Harm
  • You Were A Stranger: ICE, Immigration Policy and Jewish Texts
  • Go Forth: On Intuition, Bravery, and Leadership
  • I and Thou: Creating a 21st Century Jewish Sexual Ethic
  • God Beyond Metaphor
  • Ode to Joy: A Fresh Take On Happiness (and How to Get It)
  • Systems of Justice: What the Torah Can Teach Us About Economic Policy Today
  • If you are interested in scheduling Rabbi Ruttenberg to speak at an event, teach as a scholar-in-residence, or lead a workshop, please be in touch.

Rabbi Ruttenberg’s Public Talks


“Rabbi Ruttenberg was so inspiring.  It felt as though Rabbi Ruttenberg was specifically speaking to me, and she had such a wonderful and accessible tone.”
- Liora Brosbe, participant at the PJ Library conference

“Danya’s a phenomenal speaker. She has an ability to connect with people right where they are, to use her unique combination of razor wit and disarming emotional honesty to get right to the heart of complex, difficult topics, and illuminate them for you, with you, in utterly unexpected and rewarding ways.”
- Kirsten Cowan, former director of the Los Angeles Workman's Circle

“Rabbi Ruttenberg’s knowledge and energy made for a dynamic and engaging event. Weeks later, our community is still having insights about the ideas she shared.”

- The Rev. Dr. Micah Jackson, Seminary of the Southwest

Selected Previous Engagements

On Campus

  • Harvard University
  • Brown University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California Berkeley
  • Northwestern University
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Brandeis University
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • The University of California at Davis
  • The University of Connecticut
  • San Diego State University
  • Dartmouth Summer Institute for Jewish Studies



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In the Community

  • The 92nd St. Y
  • The Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem
  • The Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly
  • The Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) Conference
  • The Jewish Museum, San Francisco
  • Limmud featured presenter: UK, Boston, Chicago, NY
  • Spertus Center
  • The JCC of Manhattan
  • PJ Library Conference Keynote
  • Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE)
  • The Fuchsberg Center, Jerusalem
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