About Me

My commitment to you …

I get you
I’ve got you

These were not sentiments I heard from others growing up and certainly not in my professional life as a rabbi. I had the approach and air of: “I’ve got this.” (Admittedly, I started to write “this” with an “!” and quickly and sadly realized that at that time in my life I never used exclamation marks. I was calm, cool, and collected. I had no exclamation marks in my life!)

Going solo and living without exclamation marks worked well for me. I was the good child who played by the rules and excellent student who could always be counted upon. I was the rabbi who could handle any situation and quickly pivot from officiating a funeral to playing guitar with preschool students.

It all worked.

Until it didn’t.

Until I realized my inside self was not seen by the outside world. Until I realized I had allowed myself to be boxed in, living someone else’s expectations and purpose. Until I realized I could not do it alone.

My exit from this solitary life was not graceful.

And, it was the best learning tool I ever created for myself.

I discovered what it means to be human. I deepened my compassion and empathy. I developed profound connections. And, I created a life of integrity, beauty, and blessings.

Wherever you are on your journey, my commitment to you as your coach is …

I get you
I’ve got you

The More Formal Stuff:

Ted Riter has over 25 years of experience in organizational leadership and in being in service to others. Ted has led small and large congregations and non-profits through organizational redesigns, staff transitions, and strategic plans.

As a rabbi, he has had intimate access to people’s lives as they achieved their highest purposes and plummeted to their lowest depths. He has a deeply sourced ability to meet and embrace people where they are in life and to accept them in all of their humanness. Because of the challenges and opportunities he faced in his own career in leadership, he is most interested in the health and well-being of today’s leaders.

Ted’s unique gift is his ability to blend modern thinking with ancient wisdom, to meet people where they are in life without judgment, to light a path for others to see their own greatness, and to hold others accountable with compassion. Ted’s motto for working with clients is “I get you…and I’ve got you.”

Ted is currently co-writing a book for the corporate world, providing a platform for exercising character traits in individuals in order to bring a healthier environment to the workplace. Early iterations of this project are currently being tested in corporate environments in the San Francisco Bay Area and in his group training programs.

Ted’s studies include:

Multi-year Programs

  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Arizona State University, Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, Tempe, AZ
  • Ordination as a Mashpi’ah and Certification as a Spiritual Director, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
  • Rabbinical Ordination and MAHL, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Short-term Programs

  • Embodied Men’s Leadership Training, John Wineland
  • Polarities Foundations +PLUS, Allison Conte
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy, Robert Glover
  • Inter-generational Philanthropic Advising, 21/64
  • Interim Training for Rabbis, CCAR
  • Good to Great, STAR Foundation
  • Mediation Skills Training, National Conflict Resolution Center
  • LEAD San Diego

Personal Teachers

  • Shawn Zevit
  • Zat Baraka