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Elan Babchuck

Executive Vice President, Clal - National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Rabbi Elan Babchuck is committed to leaving behind a world that is more compassionate and connected than the one he found. In pursuit of that commitment, he serves as the Executive Vice President at Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and the Founding Executive Director of Glean Network, which partners with Columbia Business School. He was ordained in 2012, and earned his MBA that year, as well.

A sought-after thought leader, he has delivered keynotes at stages ranging from TEDx to the US Army’s General Officer Symposium, published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Washington Post, and Religion News Service, and has a column for The Wisdom Daily. He is also the co-author of Picking Up the Pieces: Leadership After Empire (2023, Fortress Press), and contributed to Meaning Making  8 Values That Drive America’s Newest Generations (2020, St. Mary’s Press).

He is a founding Board Member of Springtide Research Institute, which focuses on spirituality, mental health, and Gen Z, and a Founding Partner of Starts With Us, a movement to counteract toxic polarization in America.

He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife, Lizzie Pollock, and their three children: Micah, Nessa, and Ayla. In his spare time, he is an avid rock climber and constant gardener.

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