Rabbi Marc J. Belgrad, creator of Getting to God, is a Reform rabbi with over forty years’ experience in creating successful learning programs, transformative retreats and inspiring worship services. His lifelong passion has been the exploration of the possibilities, meanings and realities of Jewish faith. In a rare combination, he brings both intellectual knowledge of Jewish theology and a passionate, faithful commitment to the Jewish tradition as a path towards finding the God of our tradition.
Rabbi Belgrad holds a B.A. from Washington University in Philosophy and Judaic Studies – magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa – and received his M.A.H.L. and ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2011, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, by H.U.C.- J.I.R with special notice of his creativity. Having served congregations in New York, Memphis and Buffalo Grove, IL, as well as on the faculty of O.S.R.U.I., he now serves as a member of the faculty at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School.
Rabbi Belgrad has brought together a thoughtful and engaging group of people to form a new spiritual community, B’Chavana, which is dedicated to building an environment that is both nurturing and challenging to its members in their path of spiritual growth and in service to the world.
Rabbi Belgrad has a great listening ear and is a warm and compassionate counselor. He is available to our members for personal conversation and counseling.