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Ilana Baden
Ilana Baden
Rabbinic Leadership Initiative Cohort VII

Rabbi Ilana Greenfield Baden was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1999, following her graduation from the University of Michigan with degrees in History and Near Eastern Studies-Modern Hebrew Language. Rabbi Baden started her official rabbinic career at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Following her tenure there, she joined the historic Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she served as a rabbi for 11 years. While there, Rabbi Baden was honored to be elected President of the Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis. After her time in Ohio, Rabbi Baden returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family and became the Director of Community Engagement for the Jewish Federation. She also served a congregation in Battle Creek, Michigan and was a faculty member for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Adult Education program. Rabbi Baden, along with her husband and two children, returned to her Illinois roots in 2015 as Temple Chai’s Senior Associate Rabbi. She was named Senior Rabbi of Temple Chai in 2018 and is also proud to be the president of the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis.