Allen Lipson (he/him/his) completed his first year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was the inaugural rabbinic intern at JTS’ Hendel Center for Justice and Ethics. After his T’ruah summer, he transferred to Hebrew College, where expects to be ordained in 2024. Previously a labor organizer at UNITE HERE, the hotel workers’ union, where he led community outreach efforts leading up to a nationwide strike, Allen brings to T’ruah a passion for bridging the language of traditional Jewish learning and relational social change to build thoughtful and civically engaged religious institutions. Following a stint in project management at the AXA Group, he facilitated discussion on Jewish approaches to labor law and charitable giving as a year fellow at Yeshivat Hadar.
Allen holds two bachelors’ degrees summa cum laude from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in economics and rabbinic literature, respectively. His academic work has been featured in the Review of Rabbinic Judaism. Outside of organizing, Allen loves cooking, singing nigunim, and reading fiction ranging from from George Eliot to Stephen King.