08 September 2017
Rabbi Kalender grew up in an active Conservative congregation in Kansas City and has been part of Olam Tikvah since 1998. Over the years, he developed a love of all things Jewish through family, synagogue life and Camp Ramah. Eventually, he realized that he wanted his life to revolve around helping others find the joy and inspiration that comes from a traditional Jewish framework. He holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University and a B.A. and an M.A. in Jewish History from The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). Israel is central to his life and he guides a group from Olam Tikvah to Israel almost every year.
Beyond Congregation Olam Tikvah and Glenbrook Road, Rabbi Kalender serves as the Chairman of the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action and has served as board member of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Gesher Jewish Day School and the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in Fairfax County.