Rabbi Ari Mark Cartun is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto, CA where he served as Rabbi and Scholar-in-Residence from 1996-2015. He was the Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at Stanford University from 1975-1996.
A member of the Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform Rabbinical associations, Rabbi Cartun has devoted his rabbinate to bridging gaps between denominations within Judaism. He has done the same for interfaith relations. At Stanford, he was Founder and President of the Stanford Associated Ministries, 1980-88. Today he continues to teach on topics shared by Jews and Christians with Pastor Danielle Parish of Spark Church, which meets at Etz Chayim.
Rabbi Cartun has published articles on Bible, Jewish liturgy, and Jewish thought. He is in development of Family Stories: Pirkey Avot v’Immahot, and, with co-author Jeffrey Brandstetter, he is finishing a book on Judaism explained with computer metaphors: Mindware for G0dwrestlers: Jewish Thought in the Age of Thinking Machines.