Rabbi Rachel Cowan received her ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989. From 1990-2003 she was Program Director for Jewish Life at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. It was there, when Charles Halpern was president of the Foundation, that Rachel joined with Rabbis Nancy Flam, Sheila Weinberg, Jonathan Omer-Man, Larry Kushner, and Alan Lew, z"l, as well as Dr. Arthur Green and Sylvia Boorstein, to create the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, where she was the Executive Director from 2004-2011. Her work has been included in Moment and Sh'ma as well as in anthologies including Illness and Health in the Jewish Tradition: Writings from the Bible to Today. She is the author, with her late husband Paul Cowan, of Mixed Blessings: Untangling the Knots in an Interfaith Marriage. In 2007 and 2012 she was selected as one of the 50 most influential rabbis by Newsweek magazine, and in 2010 was chosen as one of the 50 most influential women rabbis by the Forward.