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April 26, 2015 | 7th Iyyar 5775

Owen Gottlieb

Digital Media and Games for Learning

Owen GottliebRabbi Owen Gottlieb is the founder and director of ConverJent which nurtures, develops, and spreads Games for Jewish Learning. He is a Jim Joseph Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University, specializing in Digital Media and Games for Learning. His research on Games for Jewish Learning combines the learning sciences, cultural anthropology, 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 an AB from Dartmouth College, and MA from USC Cinema-Television. He received an MAHL and rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR, New York. 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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