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Michael Balinsky
Michael Balinsky
Rabbinic Leadership Initiative Cohort VII

Rabbi Michael Balinsky is the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, an organization representing one hundred and eighty rabbis of all denominations. He is past president of the Council of Religious leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, and is a board member of the Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He is also an active participant in a number of Jewish, Christian and Muslim interreligious dialogues. Rabbi Balinsky was a Hillel director for twenty-two years, over nineteen of those as the director of the Louis and Saerree Fiedler Hillel Center at Northwestern University. He was also Director of Faculty Development for the Florence Melton Adult School. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is married to Dr. Myra Rapoport and they are the parents of three daughters.