Steven Philp, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern

Steven Philp is a fourth-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, NY. He is a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.

Steven earned an M.St. in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford (Mansfield College) in 2016; his research looked at the intersection of trauma, memory, and ritual through kinnot (elegies) written after the Holocaust. In 2014, Steven received his M.Div. and M.S.W. from the University of Chicago. His thesis addressed responses to sexual abuse within Jewish communities. He completed his clinical field education at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago as a sexual violence and support services counselor. Steven graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2010, where he received a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. with Honors in English (Creative Writing) and International Relations.

Steven was the founding rabbinical intern of Mishkan Chicago, an innovative spiritual community and member of the Jewish Emergent Network. This past year, he served as the rabbinical intern for the University of Maryland Hillel. Steven is also a Mikveh Guide for ImmerseNYC, a pluralistic organization that facilitates ritual experiences for individuals seeking meaningful connection to our shared tradition.

Steven grew up in California and Hawaii, as a Roman Catholic with a strong Methodist heritage. He became passionate about interfaith work while in college, a path that eventually led him to become part of the Jewish community. Steven currently lives in Manhattan with his fiancé, Toby, and their cat, Miso.