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Michael Holzman
Michael Holzman
Fellow

Rabbi Michael G. Holzman is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, the spiritual leader of Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation (NVHC), the creator of the Rebuilding Democracy Project, an initiative to grow habits of healthy citizenship within and around his community, and winner of the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom in 2019. The Project experiments with texts, rituals, liturgy, gatherings, and events that lift up core Jewish values like the complexity of narrative, the divinity within all humans, respectful inclusion of dissent, viewpoint diversity, and the tension between halachah (policy) and aggadah (morality). Since 2016 he has collaborated with organizations such as the Aspen Institute, the Harwood Institute, the Industrial Areas Foundation and local clergy groups to investigate the intersection of the faith community and the norms of democracy. Prior to his service at NVHC, Rabbi Holzman served Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, PA and Congregacion B’nei Israel in San Jose, Costa Rica. He hails from Miami and Islamorada, Florida, and he, his wife, Nicole, and their two children live in Reston, Virginia.