Armin Langer, Student Rabbi

Am Haskalah’s new student rabbi, Armin Langer, is pursuing rabbinical studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA.

Armin was born into a Hungarian-Jewish family in Munich, Germany, and has been based in Philadelphia since 2019. Prior to Am Haskalah, he was working as a prayer-leader, Torah-reader and a teacher in various Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Jewish communities in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Sweden. Armin puts emphasis on education, especially adult education, and on the inclusion of marginalized communities within the Jewish community and beyond. His understanding of Judaism has been heavily influenced by Mordecai Kaplan’s work which eventually made him come to the US to study at RRC.

Combining Jewish community engagement with critical thinking is a personal ideal of Armin’s. Currently, he is completing a doctorate in sociology and he holds a master’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and Jewish studies. His research focuses on modern Jewish history and contemporary politics in Europe, but he writes on US topics, too. He has published two books, an anthology, and several articles on these matters and has been working as a freelance lecturer.

Armin is excited to serve Am Haskalah and the broader Jewish community of the Lehigh Valley. Feel free to to reach out to Armin at AmHaskalahRabbi@gmail.com.