Avram Mlotek
Yiddish Troubadour, Ping Pong Extraordinaire, Spiritual Activist.

Avram Mlotek is an unorthodox Orthodox ordained rabbi.

In 2015, he co-founded Base, now operating in nine cities, and worked as spiritual leader for its Manhattan site for six years. Base is a growing movement of pluralistic rabbinic couples who use their homes as convening points for Jewish life centered upon hospitality, learning and service. Mlotek currently serves as the Mashgiach Ruchani/Director of Spiritual Life for the international project now under the auspices of Moishe House.

In May 2016, Rabbi Mlotek was listed as one of America’s “Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward and has been called a “leading innovator in Jewish life today” by The New York Jewish Week as part of their “36 Under 36” Section. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Forward, Tablet, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The New York Jewish Week, The Huffington Post and Kveller, among other blogs.

A grandchild of Holocaust refugees and noted Yiddish activists, Mlotek’s Yiddish cultural and rabbinic work has brought him to China, Ethiopia, Israel, Sweden, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania and Australia.

He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and BA from Brandeis University where he studied Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Creative Writing. He has studied Talmud at Yeshivat Hadar, educational theatre at City College, cantorial music at Yeshiva University and Islamic Scriptures at Bergen Community College. He is currently pursuing his masters in social work at Fordham University.

During COVID-19, Mlotek served as the rabbi in residence at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan where he directed their Rabbis Within Reach program and produced a variety of concerts and programs.

He is married to Yael Kornfeld, a geriatric social worker, and proud Tati to Revaya, Hillel Yosl and Shabtai.

Avram Mlotek