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Director of Lay Leadership

Rabbi Justin Pines serves as the Director of Lay Leadership for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He shapes the educational vision for lay leaders seeking to deepen the Institute’s impact as well as their own.

Previously at Hartman, he served as Director of Youth and Young Adult Initiatives, leading all programming for day school and camping leaders, as well as teens.

Prior to joining Hartman, he served as the Senior Fellow at the JJ Greenberg Institute for the Advancement of Jewish Life, where he worked closely with Rabbi Dr. Irving ‘Yitz’ Greenberg on a variety of writing and programming projects, including a translation of and commentary on Rabbi Yisrael Salanter’s Ohr Yisrael (Koren Publishers, forthcoming).

He also served as Director of Character Development (Mashgiach Ruchani) at the Ramaz Middle School, where he developed and implemented character development (Mussar)  programming for parents, faculty, students and leadership.

The grandchild of four Holocaust Survivors, he received his BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from Harvard Law School. He is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the AIPAC Lefell Fellowship, the JJGI Fellowship for Rabbis and Senior Educators, and the Encounter: Davar Acher Leadership Program Fellowship, and serves on the board of the Penn Hillel.

Before receiving rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, he practiced corporate law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP.

Justin and his family live in Englewood, New Jersey, where he serves on the executive board of the Moriah School.

Justin Pines


Jun 28, 2023

Jan 25, 2023

What role do our own values, stories and character play in how we think about Israel?

May 9, 2022

An experiential gathering of Holocaust remembrance that weaves together poetry, prayer, song, survivor testimonies, and audience participation.

May 9, 2022

Justin Pines, Dara Horn, Avram Mlotek, Nicole Lieberman

We paused to commemorate the day and to honor those persecuted during the Holocaust.

May 9, 2022

What does Holocaust memory demand of us? How does the dwindling of the number of living Holocaust survivors impact our responsibility?

Apr 26, 2022

Justin Pines, Abigail Pogrebin

Justin Pines joins host Abigail Pogrebin to discuss the pioneering concept of Hitkansut, a new ritual for Yom HaShoah.

Apr 7, 2021

Global community gathering including memory, music, and poetry to commemorate Yom HaShoah through a powerful new ritual.

May 19, 2020

In the face of camp closures, now is the time to think about which parts we must mourn as lost, which parts we try to salvage and which parts we can even improve upon.

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