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September 4, 2015 | 20th Elul 5775

Owen Gottlieb

Digital Media and Games for Learning

Owen GottliebRabbi Owen Gottlieb, Ph.D. is the founder and director of ConverJent which nurtures, develops, and spreads Games for Jewish Learning. He is Assistant Professor at the School of Interactive Games and Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Gottlieb is the founder and lead researcher at the Initiative in Religion, Culture, and Policy at the RIT MAGIC Center. Gottlieb's research on Games for Learning combines the learning sciences, religious studies, cultural anthropology, history, and media studies.

Founded in 2010, ConverJent is incubated at Clal in Manhattan and has been awarded a Signature Grant from The Covenant Foundation and a PresenTense NYC Fellowship.

With an eclectic background prior to the rabbinate, Rabbi Gottlieb has worked in project management of Internet software for companies including Disney and screen and teleplay writing for Paramount and Universal. He has taught dance in Israel, and served for many years as a liaison for film directors at The Telluride Film Festival. He is a passionate teacher, the author of a variety of articles on Judaism, digital media, and games for learning, a co-editor of The Gender Gap: A Congregational Guide for Beginning the Conversation about Men's Involvement in Synagogue Life, and a contributing author to Still Small Voice: Reflections on Being a Jewish Man.

Rabbi Gottlieb holds a Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies from New York University where he was a Jim Joseph Fellow. He received an MAHL and rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR, New York, an MA from USC School of Cinematic Arts, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Writers Guild of America, West, and the International Game Developers Association. He is also a co-founder and steering committee member of Shir HaMaalot, a havurah based in Brooklyn, New York. Rabbi Gottlieb blogs at

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