Rabbi Ross was raised in Newton, MA, refined in Brooklyn, NY, and received a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Rochester. From 1996 to 2011 he worked as a community organizer in Harlem and Brooklyn and directed national leadership initiatives in the Jewish community for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. In addition, Rabbi Ross founded www.ProjectZug.org, connecting hundreds of Israeli, Americans, and Jews around the globe in one-to-one online learning, and conceived and co-directed HUC-JIR’s Smashing Idols Fellowship, to engage college students to strengthen progressive Jewish life on campus. Rabbi Ross is married to Liz Bennett and they have two boys, Reuven and Zeke.