Rabbi Jordan Gendra was born in Barcelona, Spain. He pursued rabbinic studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, and was ordained by RRC in June 2006. While a student at RRC, Rabbi Jordi gave many hours to helping other students with Talmud (Jewish law), Hebrew, Aramaic, and history, for which he was recognized with the Lillian Fern Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the RRC Community. He holds a Ph.D in medieval Jewish history from Universitat de Girona in Spain and an M.A. in Semitic languages, with a specialization in Hebrew and Aramaic, from the Universitat de Barcelona.
Before coming to CBT-BI, Rabbi Jordi served as a student rabbi at a number of congregations, including Temple B’nai Israel in Burlington. Before entering rabbinical school, the rabbi was one of the founding members of Comunitat Jueva de Catalunya-Atid in Barcelona, the first non-Orthodox congregation in Spain.
Rabbi Jordi has taught Introduction to Talmud at RRC for several years as well as at the religious studies department of Wilson College. Before becoming a rabbi, he worked as a translator and taught several courses on Jewish history and Jewish thought at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, a prominent distance education university based in Spain. His passion for teaching spans a multitude of topics, including introduction to Judaism and Jewish philosophy. Rabbi Jordi has published several articles and books on Jewish issues. He completed the first translation of the Passover Haggadah into his native language, Catalan, as an interfaith project with a Catholic priest.
The rabbi has a love for books, not only for reading them, but also for arts related to book collection. He also enjoys music and sang for more than five years with the choir at the Universitat de Barcelona.
Rabbi Jordi joined CBT-BI on July 1, 2014.