Ted Riter

In high school, Ted was introduced to the ancient mystical concept that the world was created through an explosion that caused a scattering of Divine sparks. Humanity, this teaching continues, is now charged with bringing these holy pieces back together. As a teen, this imperative meant participating in the Sanctuary Movement for refugees from Central America, advocating for campaign finance reform, and paying to be a counselor at a camp for underprivileged children. As a college graduate, it meant working for social justice in Washington, D.C. and Israel’s peace movement. In rabbinical school, it meant holding the hand of a bed-bound patient struggling for life.

As a Rabbi, Ted continues to respond to this ancient call for tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tries to inspire others to do the same.

Ted currently serves as the Interim Rabbi for Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, a historically LGBTQ synagogue in San Francisco, and he is deeply honored and humbled to be part of The Pollination Project community.