Title: Rabbinic Intern
Andrew Oberstein is an LA native who is honored and excited to join the Columbia/Barnard team! He’s a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he is also a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Andrew is passionate about social justice and community organizing, most recently working as a T’ruah Rabbinical Student Human Rights Fellow and a Community Organizer with the Bronx Defenders. Before beginning rabbinical school, Andrew was the Coordinator for Social Justice and Young Adult Engagement at Temple Israel of Boston, where he connected over 1000 young adults each year to each other and to Judaism through worship, learning, and justice work. In 2016, Andrew was honored with a “Chai in the Hub Award” from Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston’s Jewish Federation, honoring the top 18 Jewish leaders under 45 years old in the Greater Boston area. Before shifting his focus to the Jewish community, Andrew found his home in the theater, working as a professional actor in a variety of plays and musicals across America. While you won’t be able to find him on stage anymore, his favorite place in the world is in the audience of a Broadway theater. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from Emerson College and now lives on the Upper West Side with his husband, Nick, an actor and artist.