Rabbi Owen Gottlieb is the Founder and Director of ConverJent which nurtures, develops, and spreads "Seriously Fun" Games for Jewish Learning. ConverJent is incubated at Clal in Manhattan and has been awarded a PresenTense NYC Fellowship.
Rabbi Gottlieb is a Jim Joseph Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at NYU in Education and Jewish Studies. His specialization is in Digital Medial and Learning, including Games and Simulations for Learning and Digital Video Ethnography.
Rabbi Gottlieb’s eclectic background includes project managing the development internet software for companies including Disney, writing screen and teleplays for Paramount and Universal, teaching dance in Israel, and serving for many years as a liaison for film directors at Telluride Film Festival.
He has served as a student rabbi at Temple Beth Am, in Monessen PA, Temple Shaaray Tefila in Manhattan, and a rabbinic resident at the URJ Press. While studying to become a rabbi, he taught religious school for four years at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, where he piloted the teaching of modern Hebrew to seventh graders using Israeli teen-television.
Rabbi Gottlieb is the co-editor of The Gender Gap: A Congregational Guide for Beginning the Conversation about Men’s Involvement in Synagogue Life. (URJ Press) and a contributing author to The Still Small Voice: Reflections on Being a Jewish Man. (also URJ Press)
He holds an AB from Dartmouth College, and MA from USC Cinema-Television, and is a member of the Writers Guild of America, west. Owen Gottlieb received an MAHL and rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR, New York. He blogs at www.mysticalcreative.com