Get to Know Margo

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Rabbi Margo Hughes-Robinson was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2021, where she also earned an MA in Midrash. Upon her graduation, she was awarded the Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman Prize for Scholastic Achievement in Talmud and the Eleanor and Meyer Visotzky Memorial Award in Midrash, and her scholarly work has been featured in outlets including Mechon Hadar's Ateret Zvi journal and Zeramim. Most recently, Margo published a new translation and commentary on the third chapter of Tosefta Sotah through her participation in the Jewish Women Scholars' Writing Fellowship, a partnership of Yeshivat Maharat and Sefaria. 

Since her ordination, she has served as the New York Rabbinic Organizer at T'ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. During her time in rabbinical school, Margo enjoyed professional endeavors with Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, Avodah: the Jewish Service Corps, T’ruah, Fort Tryon Jewish Center in New York City, and Adat Israel in Guatemala City. In 2019, she also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a summer chaplain intern at Norwalk Hospital. During her rabbinic training, Margo discovered a passion for interfaith dialogue and community-building. This led to service for two years as the Program Coordinator of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at JTS, building bridges through partnerships with organizations including UN Women, the Anglican Communion, and the Berkley Center at Georgetown. In addition to her current work, Margo has participated in dialogue initiatives in Italy and Israel, and served as an Interfaith Educator at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

A New Yorker by birth, Margo grew up in communities all over the United States before attending Clark University, where she graduated with degrees in Theatre and in Jewish Studies. Margo is also a proud alumna of the Conservative Yeshiva Lishma Fellowship and the Hartman Rabbinic Student Seminar. While at JTS, Margo completed a two-year tenure as a Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York, where she developed new programming for multifaith and multi-heritage families, and oversaw the conversion to Judaism program. When she is not learning and teaching, Margo is a writer and performer, with work featured in Alma, 929.org, the Times of Israel, and the upcoming album “Seeds of Song.” She lives in Brooklyn with her wife Lily, and their dog Zelda.