Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rabbi Nadav Caine

Rabbi Nadav Caine

Rabbi Caine, affectionately known as “Rav Nadav,” hails from Philadelphia originally. The son of Rabbi Ivan Caine, Rav Nadav took an academic path to the rabbinate. After undergraduate and graduate studies in religion and philosophy at Princeton (AB ’88) and Harvard (MTS ’93), he studied philosophical models of religious practice under the direction of Dr. Arnold Eisen at Stanford University for ten years while teaching widely in Jewish education in the San Francisco Bay Area. When Dr. Eisen left Stanford to serve the Jewish community directly as Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Nadav followed suit. He left his dissertation writing and enrolled at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles where he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi. He served as the leader of Ner Tamid Synagogue in San Diego for eleven years before coming to Beth Israel in 2018.

Rav Nadav’s passion is teaching the interconnections among the mystical, historical, scientific, and psychological dimensions of Judaism, and particularly the ways of Jewish practice he calls “practical holiness.” He is also passionate about his wife Lynne, his two irresistible young daughters, and electric cars, poetry, music, and ice hockey –but the family more than the ice hockey, even if it doesn’t look that way during the playoffs. Email Rabbi Caine.

You can find some of Rabbi Caine’s teaching here.