Rabbi Ilana Grinblat



Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

Conversion requirements

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

No supervision required


American Jewish University, Los Angeles

Beit din:

Rabbis of any denomination. Officiated at American Jewish University, Los Angeles

Conversion location:

Los Angeles, CA

Mentoring sessions available in:

English, Spanish

Conversion requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:
Beit din:

I am happy to work with

Families with children, People who identify as LGBTQ+, People in interfaith or dual-faith relationships

Personal statement

I’m Rabbi Ilana Grinblat, and I’m happy to be working with Darshan Yeshiva to mentor people on their journey to becoming Jewish. I am originally from Washington, DC and currently live and work in Los Angeles, CA. I was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies as a Conservative rabbi in 2001, and I taught and mentored rabbinical students there from 2002-2019.

I have served as a congregational rabbi in several synagogues in the LA area, where I’ve mentored people in their Jewish learning. I have written three books on Torah: Blessings and Baby Steps, The Spiritual Path of Parenthood, Castles and Catch: Spiritual Lessons Children Teach Us, and The Viral Spread of Hope: Finding Inspiration in Tough Times.

I enjoy assisting people of all ages and backgrounds who are Jewishly-curious in their spiritual journey of learning.


American Jewish University
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa
MA in Rabbinic Literature
Rabbinic Ordination

UCLA, MA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Brown University, BA in Religious Studies