Our Clergy

At Central Synagogue

Ari S. Lorge
Ari S. Lorge
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(212) 838-5122 ext. 1000

Rabbi Lorge comes to the rabbinate as a product of the Reform movement, including its summer camps and national youth group.  He grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was ordained in 2013 from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

During his studies, Rabbi Lorge received the Abraham and Anna Helman Memorial Prize, the Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Prize for best sermon preached, the Simon Lazarus Memorial Prize for highest academic standing, and was a two time recipient of the Frederick C. Schwartz Prize for contributions to youth engagement.

As a rabbinical student he was privileged to serve numerous congregations as well as Hillels in the Midwest and the South.  He also spent three years serving as the coordinator of the HUC-JIR and American Jewish Archives High School and College Program, which brought together leaders of the Reform Jewish youth movement from across North America for intensive weekend retreats.

Additionally, Rabbi Lorge spent a summer serving as a Critical Care Chaplaincy Intern at a Chicago-area hospital.

Rabbi Lorge currently serves as the co-chair of Jewish Women International’s Clergy Taskforce to End Domestic Abuse.  He also is the co-founder of Reyut: The Jewish Campaign for Healthy Relationships, which runs programming for Jewish youth focused on healthy relationship education.

Rabbi Lorge resides on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.