Rabbi Joshua Ratner is the rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Cheshire, CT. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2012, Rabbi Ratner was a Joseph Neubauer Fellow and also earned a Master's Degree in Midrash and a Certificate in Pastoral Care. He is passionate about the interplay between Judaism, culture, and public policy and has worked as a rabbinic fellow both for the Rabbinical Assembly and for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. He also received training in congregation-based community organizing and was part of the original rabbinical student cohort of Rabbis Without Borders fellows. Originally from San Diego, CA, Rabbi Ratner earned a BA in comparative religion and international politics from Columbia University and a JD from Columbia Law School, practicing law for five years before deciding to become a rabbi. He is married to Dr. Elena Ratner and they are the proud parents of Dimitri, Eli, and Gabriella.