Mayer E. Rabinowitz is associate professor of Talmud at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He served as JTS's librarian from 1987 to 2002, where, under his leadership, the reputation and accessibility of The Library grew to new heights.
Rabbi Rabinowitz is the chairman of the Joint Bet Din of the Conservative Movement, which deals with matters of marriage and divorce, as well as arbitration and mediation. He served as both secretary and research consultant to the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly; he served on the law committee for twenty-five years, until 2006. Over the years, he served as director of the Saul Lieberman Institute of Talmudic Research, dean of The Graduate School, associate dean of The Graduate School, and dean of students at The Seminary College of Jewish Studies/Teachers Institute (now List College).
Rabbi Rabinowitz is the author of several critical editions of medieval halakhic works and the editor/translator of "Jewish Law in the State of Israel" (Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly, 1974). His paper "On the Ordination of Women: An Advocate's Halakhic Response" was published in Judaism and appears in The Ordination of Women as Rabbis: Studies and Responsa. Other articles have appeared in Conservative Judaism, Reconstructionist Magazine, and Sinai. Rabbi Rabinowitz has written numerous responsa for the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, including “The Observance of Yom Tov Sheni in Israel,” “Post Shehita Stunning and Bolting,“ “On Homosexuality,” “Women, Raise Your Hands” (daughters of Kohanim), “Rishon or Kohen,” “Davar Hadash” (with Kassel Abelson), “Renewal of Marriage for Couples Without a Get” (with Kassel Abelson), and “The Status of Transsexuals.” His responsa appear in the Proceedings of The CJLS 1980–1985, 1986–1990, and Responsa 1991–2000. In addition, they can be seen on the website of the Rabbinical Assembly. He has lectured widely in North America and in Israel on issues concerning Jewish law and the Conservative Movement.
The recipient of several awards and grants, including a National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship and a Memorial Foundation grant, Rabbi Rabinowitz was a Fellow of the Herbert Lehman Institute for Talmudic Ethics.
Rabbi Rabinowitz received his BA, BHL, and MA from Yeshiva University and his MHL, rabbinic ordination, and PhD from JTS.