Rabbi Bandel is active in interfaith and human rights issues. Founding Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, currently first Vice-President of the International Council of Christians and Jews. 2011 he received the Gandhi Peace Award in the US for promoting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Rabbi Ehud Bandel is a native of Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jewish History and Jewish Philosophy and holds a Master degree in Judaic studies from JTS. In 1988, he graduated the first class of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem and was the first native Israeli to be ordained as a Conservative Rabbi in Israel. For eight years he served as the President and CEO of the Masorti Movement in Israel.
In 2006, he moved with his family to Melbourne Australia and served five years as the rabbi of Kehilat Nitzan, Melbourne’s first Conservative congregation. Rabbi Bandel is very active in interfaith and human rights issues. He was the Founding Director of Rabbis for Human Rights and a Co-Chair of the ICCJ’s International Abrahamic Forum. In 2011, he received in the US, the Gandhi Peace Award for promoting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Rabbi Bandel is married to Avital, and father of Naama, Hadas and Ro’i.