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Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, MD; Bioethicist
Jerusalem, Israel |

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Rabbi Analia Short Biography

  • Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz is the first ordained Latin American Female Rabbi who completed her Rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem as a student of the “Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer”. June-1994.
  • Dr. Bortz is a medical doctor with a post doctorate in Bioethics.
  • Rabbi Bortz is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute-Jerusalem.
  • Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, MD is, along with her husband Rabbi Mario Karpuj, the founder and full-time Rabbi at Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
  • The BBC in London has selected Rabbi Dr. Bortz as the recipient, BBC 100 Most Influential Women award in November, 2018
  • The Forward has selected Rabbi Dr. Bortz as Forward 50 Most Influential Jewish Leaders in December, 2019
  • Rabbi Bortz has been selected for the Global Justice Fellowship at the American Jewish World Services, cohort 2019-2020
  • Recipient of the Honor Award of the Year of Jewish Fertility Foundation, 2018
  • Recipient, YWCA of Greater Atlanta Women of Achievement Award, 2011.
  • Jewish Hero of the Year, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, 2011 (5772).
  • “15 American Rabbis You Haven’t Heard Of, But Should”. 2014. NY: Tablet Magazine
  • Rabbi Analia is the author of “The Voice of Silence: A Rabbi’s Journey into a Trappist Monastery”, and the co-author of “My Come to Jesus Moment with the Rabbi: A Dark but often Humorous Journey with Depression”
  • Rabbi Bortz has over 30 years of experience as a pulpit spiritual leader.
  • Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz is the Founder Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Or Hadash, Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • As a medical doctor, Dr. Bortz has served in various hospitals and private clinics in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Jerusalem, Israel; Chile; and Atlanta, Georgia.
  • As a Bioethicist, Dr. Bortz helped create Bioethics committees in Chile and at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is also the founder of Hope for Seeds, for couples struggling with infertility and sterility and a founder Board member of Jewish Fertility Foundation. Rabbi Bortz is a co-founder of "BaKeN” (Hebrew: “In the Nest”: Breehut- Kehillah- Nefesh), an organization with the mission of combating the societal stigmatization of mental illness.


Personal Background Statement

I decided to become a Rabbi when I was 18 years old. At that time, there were no women Rabbis ordained in South America because there were many barriers and prejudices to conquer and overcome. During that same time while I was a medical student at the Universidad Buenos Aires I realized I wanted to help people in a holistic way. My goal was to be able to penetrate to the essence of one’s wholeness and find the Divine spark in each human being’s body and soul. I was inspired by the words of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century: “Medicine is Religion in Acts and Religion is Medicine in Prayers”. 

Today I enjoy merging my vocation as a Rabbi, a Medical Doctor and a Bioethicist. My background allows me to see the human soul/body as a holistic concept; to approach members of my congregation, students as well as patients with an open mind; and explore endless horizons. I enjoy researching new technologies and developments on bioethical issues from a Jewish perspective and to convey my knowledge to those whom I serve.

My work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and on missions in Honduras and Guatemala rescuing children struggling with addictions has taught me how to find that Divine spark, which has nourished my soul and warmed my spirit.

Other Professional Activities

- Founder and activist of Jewish Fertility Foundation of Atlanta.
- Co-founder, "BaKeN”, an abbreviation of the Hebrew words: Breehut-Kehillah-Nefesh, which means ‘In the Nest’. BaKeN is an              initiative to create positive and loving enforcement for those with mental health illnesses and for the caregivers who support them.        Its mission is to combat the societal stigmatization of mental illness. (Working on book co-written with a suicide survivor)
- Life Coach & Facilitator, The Center for Compassionate Integrity and Secular Ethics. Life University. Marietta, GA.
- Mentor of Rabbinical students in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. 2017-present.
- Delegate, BEINGS (BIOTECH and Ethical Imagination). Emory University. Atlanta, GA.
- Advisor and Mentor of Rabbinic students in Mexico and USA.
- Faculty member on Mindfulness and Parashat HaShavuah, Weekly Reflections on Torah, MJCCA.
- Faculty member, Florence Melton Adult Mini School, a project of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Senior Rabbinic Fellow/Facilitator, Shalom Hartman Institute. Jerusalem, Israel.
- National Jewish Book Awards Judge (History and Zionism categories). Jewish Book Council. New York, NY. 2003-2012


- Doctoral candidate Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Cincinnati and Los Angeles campuses. Doctor        of Hebrew Letters - Theology. Advisors: Prof. Rachel Adler, Prof Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Prof. Haim Rachnitzer. Expected                    graduation: 2021. Thesis: “Theology and Theodicy in the Post-Holocaust Poetry of Yehudah Amichai”
- The Center for Compassionate Integrity and Secular Ethics at Life University, Marietta, GA. 2018.
- Shalom Hartman Institute. Jerusalem Israel. Rabbinic Senior Fellow. Graduated in 2007.Council board member-present.
- Catholic University. Valparaiso, Chile. Postgraduate Studies - Doctoral Philosophy-Ethics, 1998.
- Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ordained as a Rabbi. 1994.
- Bet Midrash Lelimudei Ha-Yaadat (Jerusalem Rabbinic Seminary). Jerusalem, Israel. MA in Women’s Talmudic Studies, 1994.
- Hadassah Hospital, Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel. Postgraduate studies specializing in Radiology, 1993-1994.
- University of Buenos Aires, School of Medicine. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Medical Doctor, 1990.

Honorary Awards

- Recipient, Forward 50
- Recipient, BBC 100 Women award (for work as a doctor and bioethicist dedicated to the holistic treatment of women struggling with     infertility), 2018.
- Recipient of the Honor Award of the Year of Jewish Fertility Foundation, 2018
- Recipient, YWCA of Greater Atlanta Women of Achievement award. 2011.
- Nominated, Jewish Hero of the Year, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, 2011 (5772).
- “15 American Rabbis You Haven’t Heard Of, But Should”. 2014. NY:Tablet (online magazine).


Contextualizing the Book of Judges, History and Historiography through Male and Female Lenses. 2018. San Francisco, CA:
Teología: ¿Jutzpá? (Theology: Chutzpah - Hebrew: audacity). 2018. Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Maj’shavot).
The Voice of Silence, A Rabbi’s Journey into a Trappist Monastery and Other Contemplations. 2017. Bloomington, IN: Westbow-Nelson Publishing.
Trial on Eve. Is the Bible of Misogynistic Text?. 2017. San Francisco, CA:
Levinas, Beyond Binaries. HUC
And the Women Prevailed, Deborah and Jael in the Book of Judges.
Beware of the Tent Peg: Yael and the Hermeneutics of Subversion. (JStor,, Reasearchgate)
En la búsqueda Permanente de la Respuesta Divina (“Permanent Seekers of God’s Answers: Struggles with Bioethical Quests”). 2014. Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Maj’shavot.
Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens. Parashat Nitzavim (Weekly Torah portion: You are Standing). 2012. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights.
Respuesta judía frente a la deshumanization de la medicina (The Jewish Response to the Dehumanization of Medicine). 2003. Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Maj’shavot (Thoughts).
Many other publications from 1997-2018 on Jewish topics.
My Come-to-Jesus Moment with the Rabbi: A Dark but Often Humorous Journey Through Depression. Co-author with Devi Knapp.
Keturah, Wife or Concubine? To be presented in Rome, Italy on June 7-10, 2020 as a lecturer of Sacred Texts and Human Context

Invited Addresses

  • (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Conference: The Intersection between Faith and Advance Care Planning, Atlanta, Georgia, 2018.POLST Georgia
  • Vocal activist and speaker, Combating Global Anti-Semitism, United Nations, New York, NY, 2015 and 2016.
  • Clayton, Georgia, 2015-present.Daron Ramah Rabbi-in-Residence, Mindfulness Women’s Retreat, Camp
  • Scholar-in-Residence on bioethics, feminine theology, biblical criticism, mysticism, and Jewish philosophy. Spain, Israel, Chile, Argentina, United States, Canada, Italy and Mexico, 1994- present.

Professional Activities

  • Rabbinic Advisory Board member, Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and North America.
  • Former National Council Board Member, AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
  • Member of Atlanta Rabbinical Association.
  • Former Board member, Jewish National Fund, Southeast Region.
  • Board member, Interfaith Children's Movement.
  • Member, Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta.
  • Member, JScreen (advocates for research and prophylaxis of genetic disorders).
  • Delegate, BEINGS (BIOTECH and Ethical Imagination), Emory University, 2015. 
  • Former Board member, Friends of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), Southeast Region.
  • Alumna, Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition


  • Fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and English.
  • Competent in French and Yiddish.


  • Rabbi Dr. Bortz is married to Rabbi Mario Karpuj and they have two daughters, Tamar (Bryan) and Adina.
  • In her spare time, Rabbi Analia enjoys traveling the world, scuba diving, reading non-fiction books, especially history and biographies, and silk painting.

Rabbi Mario Karpuj
Jerusalem, Israel |

Rabbi Mario Karpuj was born in Argentina where he received his ordination from the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano “Marshall T. Meyer” in 1994.After serving as a pulpit Rabbi in Argentina, Israel, Cuba and Chile, Rabbi Karpuj moved with his family to Atlanta and joined the Ahavath Achim Synagogue’s clergy in the year 2000.

In 2003 Rabbi Karpuj and his wife of over 30 years, Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, become the funding Rabbis of Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, Georgia, the most meaningful and exciting professional endeavor he has been involved with. He has served as a board member in the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and has served as the Rabbi-in-Residence of the Atlanta Journal Constitution International Meeting for six years.

Rabbi Karpuj has been involved for many years in interfaith dialogue and advocacy. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Community Initiatives and a past leader of their World Pilgrims program, an Atlanta based project in which Jews, Christians and Muslims participate in interfaith pilgrimages to different locations in the world.

Rabbi Karpuj served in the executive board of the Atlanta Rabbinic Association. He has been a board member of FAMA, the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, and he was an active member of the Sandy Springs Interfaith Clergy Association.

An American citizen since 2010, Rabbi Karpuj is the proud father of two daughters, Tamar and Adina.

In July 2020, Rabbi Mario fulfilled his lifelong dream of making Aliyah with his wife, Rabbi Analia.


In Celebration of Rabbis Analia and Mario, our community offers tributes...
A glimpse of the love we shared. 


L'Chaim & L'Hitraot (Full Event - You Tube)

Rabbis Mario & Analia - Your Life at Or Hadash (Outtake from Full Event)

L'Chaim & L'Hitraot (Click image for Flip Book Presentation)

2019 High Holiday Services
Rabbi Mario Karpuj and Rabbi Analia Bortz, Founders and Rabbis Emeritus

5780 Rosh Hashanah Day 1
5780 Rosh Hashanah Day 2
5780 Kol Nidre Service
5780 Yizkor Service


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Sun, September 26 2021 20 Tishrei 5782