“Whenever Natan Margalit teaches at Elat Chayyim, I hear our guests praise Natan and his classes more than any other teacher. His teachings are deep, inspired, relevant and direct from the heart.”
Michael Dolich
Former Retreat Manager
Elat Chayyim Jewish Retreat Center

Natan Margalit was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, studied Anthropology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, made aliya, and studied for many years in Israeli yeshivot. He received rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary in 1990 and earned a Ph.D.  in Talmud from U.C. Berkeley in 2001.  He has held teaching positions at Bard College, the Reconstuctionist Rabbinical College and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston. Natan is spiritual leader of The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, in Western Connecticut as well as Visiting Rabbi at Congregation Adas Yoshuron in Rockland, Maine.   Natan co-founded LoKo, a co-op for bringing local, kosher free range poultry meat to the Boston area.  He has written and taught for many years on Judaism and the environment, innovative approaches to Jewish texts, Jewish spirituality, and gender and Judaism. With Organic Torah, Natan is bringing together his interests in Jewish texts, the environment and paradigm shift. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Ilana and sons, Nadav and Eiden.

Response to Natan’s teaching
“Natan Margalit has a wonderful approach, personal and learned at the same time, which draws from many sources and reaches his audience no matter what their background. I left his very thoughtful and original drosh feeling nourished and stimulated. He is both an engaging teacher and a wise human being.”
— Marlene Booth, Founder, Kesher Community Hebrew School After School
“It is wonderful to study with Natan. His teaching combines knowledge, wisdom, and contemporary insight — all emanating from a deeply loving heart.”
— Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Executive Director, The Institute for Jewish Spirituality
“Rabbi Natan Margalit is an insightful teacher who infuses deep knowledge of Jewish teaching with impassioned, commitment to environmental stewardship. His innovative approach to Jewish text engages learners in a dynamic conversation about important, timely issues.”
— Dr. Mishy Lesser, educator, Co-Chair, Tikkun Olam Committee, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA
“Natan took 35 adults with diverse backgrounds and gave them a powerful experience of meditation and chevruta text study in just two hours. His guided meditation brought people into the holiness of text study. The text study allowed the group to learn and see more deeply into the texts than just a frontal presentation would have allowed. I used his meditation later and it was very effective. It was a powerful and lovely day.”
— Rabbi Rim Meirowitz, Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester, MA

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