Rabbi Nate Crane is the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Or Tzion in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the founder of the nonprofit Hagigah: Dedicated to Providing Accessible, Engaging, and Fun Jewish Holiday Celebrations to Individuals of All Abilities and Their Families.
Rabbi Crane is the author of the teshuvah (Jewish legal ruling) “Adoption,” approved by a unanimous vote of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, the Conservative movement’s central authority on Jewish law and practices, in 2018. This responsum explores the halakhic status of people who have been adopted, including the parental and filial obligations involved, and offers a Jewish ritual and accompanying documents to celebrate and mark adoption.
He is the recipient of the NewCAJE Young Professional Fellowship, The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Best Practices in Jewish Education Grant, the only rabbi thus far to receive the PJ Library Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, participated in the inaugural cohort of the AIPAC-Lefell Fellowship, and serves as a rabbinic advisor to the Valley Of The Sun JCC’s Early Childhood Center. He was most recently awarded the Valley Beit Midrash Start Me Up! Fellowship.
Rabbi Crane is noted for his skills in leading Jewish song sessions and prayer services, which he developed following his years as a professional musician before beginning rabbinical school.
Prior to joining Or Tzion, Rabbi Crane served as a Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Deerfield, IL.
He is blessed to have married his college sweetheart Rachel, with whom he shares two beautiful daughters, Isla (5) and Ellie (2). In his free time, Rabbi Crane exercises, listens to podcasts, and loves to start spontaneous family dance parties.