340 leftists signed a letter supporting the Iran deal. They signed the letter as rabbis. While each of them at one time in their lives did become ordained, many of them have no congregation. Many of them do not do any of the real work a rabbi does. Many are retired, some just became ordained, and virtually all of them are leftist political activists.
Of the 340 names, only 151 of them are real rabbis in terms of their actual vocation. The other 189 are using the label for prestige rather than just admit that their motives are political rather than religious.
Why this matters will be dealt with in a separate column. For now here is the list of the 340 rabbis. The ones with nothing next to their names are real rabbis. The rest have clear notes explaining their abuse of the title of rabbi.
Lynne Goldsmith Dothan Alabama
Elliot Stevens Montgomery Alabama
Elana Kanter Scottsdale Arizona
John Linder Paradise Valley Arizona — Former community and labor organizer
Thomas Louchheim Tucson Arizona
Michael Wasserman Scottsdale Arizona — Married to Elana Kanter
Ruth Adar Oakland California — The Coffee Shop Rabbi
Melanie Aron Los Gatos California
Raphael Asher Walnut Creek California — Retired in 2014
Anne Brener Los Angeles, California — Psychotherapist, spiritual director and teacher, owns publishing company
Samuel Broude Oakland California — Retired
Sharon Brous Los Angeles California
Meredith Cahn Petaluma California — Wedding officiant
Carol Caine Albany California — A former attorney with 20 plus years experience practicing Jewish sacred chant and meditation. She teaches.
Steven Chester Oakland California — Retired, same synagogue as Samuel Broude
Aryeh Cohen Los Angeles California — Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, arrested in 2013 protesting Walmart.
Hillel Cohn San Bernardino California — Retired
Neil Comess-Daniels Santa Monica California
Elliot Dorff Beverly Hills California — AJU Professor, member of Hillary Clinton’s secret healthcare task force.
David J. Cooper Berkeley California
William Cutter Los Angeles California — Retired academic, Emeritus Professor of Human Relations
Lisa Edwards Los Angeles California — Real Rabbi, Jewish lesbian activist
Diane Elliot Richmond California — Rabbi Diane Elliot RSMT (Registered Somatic Movement Therapist) is a movement educator, somatic (body-based) therapist, Trained as a dancer, actress and choreographer
Anthony Elman Los Angeles California — Married to Miriam Glazer, retired from being Rabbi of Jewish old age home.
Gordon Freeman Walnut Creek California — Retired
Pamela Frydman Daly City California — Retired
Laura Geller Los Angeles California
Miriyam Glazer Los Angeles California — Miriyam Glazer was a leftist literature professor at AJU. She did not have a congregation. She was a teacher. She is now retired.
Dan Goldblatt Larkspur California
Jerrold Goldstein Los Angeles California — Retired, Hillel Rabbi
Sara Goodman Santa Monica California — Gerinet healthcare, Intermittent Jewish chaplain
Donald Goor Los Angeles California — Retired Rabbi, gay rights activist
Daniel Gottlieb San Francisco California
Mel Gottlieb Los Angeles California — Retired head of a Jewish training program. AJR,CA, a transdenominational seminary at UCLA Hillel
Roberto Graetz Lafayette California
Nicki Greninger Lafayette California — Same synagogue as Roberto Graetz. She’s Director of Education.
Moshe Halfon Long Beach California — Spiritual healer and explorer. He has taught courses on Middle Eastern music and dance, meditation, Kabbalah, Biblical psychodrama In 1999 he founded Am Or Olam – People of the Eternal Light – a non-profit 501c(3) healing center which promotes holistic healing, Jewish spirituality, the arts, and now, prison outreach as well. He teaches theHandDance™ workshop on drum, dance and chant for adults and children.
Lisa Hochberg-Miller Ventura California
Jocee Hudson Los Angeles California
Me’irah Iliinsky San Francisco California
Daniel Isaacson Berkeley California
Steven Jacobs Alameda California — Retired. Active in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s, he has developed a close relationship with Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Burt Jacobson El Sobrante California
Josh Jacobs-Velde Sebastopol California
Yoel Kahn Berkeley California
Patricia Karlin-Neumann Palo Alto California
Jim Kaufman Los Angeles California — Retired
Stuart Kelman Berkeley California
Lawrence Kushner San Francisco California
Susan Laemmle Los Angeles California
Jason Van Leeuwen Los Angeles California
Michael Lerner Berkeley California — Celebrity who has publicly stated that he is not really a rabbi in terms of job functions. He just plays one. He is a leftist who once attended a wedding where the cake said “smash monogamy.”
Richard Levy Encino California
Joshua Levine Grater Pasadena California — He actually has a congregation. However, he credits Miriyam Glazer with influencing his development. He was her student.
Sheldon Lewis Palo Alto California — Retired
Michael Mayersohn Garden Grove California — Have Wedding, will travel. Officiates Jewish & Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies
Laurence Milder Pleasanton California
Michelle Missaghieh Los Angeles California — Same synagogue as Jocee Hudson
Dev Noily Oakland California — Associate Rabbi only, Same synagogue as David Cooper.
Janet Offel Calabasas California — She has a Jewish blog
Philip M Posner Santa Cruz California — I am also the author of Food for Thought, Character and Soul – Recipes and Blessings Included –the world’s first character based cook book. My wonderful and talented Louise and I divide our time between Santa Cruz, California and Puerta Vallarta Mexico, where I officiate at weddings and sell my book.
Arnold Rachlis Irvine California
Sanford Ragins Los Angeles California — Adjunct Assistant Professor, Religious Studies. He teaches The Holocaust: Historical and Religious Perspectives and at a Christian-Jewish Bible Week in Osnabrück, Germany.
Steven Reuben Pacific Palisades California — Retired Rabbi. Writer, speaker. Dr. Reuben was a founding editor of Compass Magazine for teachers, a recognized expert on moral education
John Rosove Los Angeles California — 3rd Rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood.
Neal Scheindlin Los Angeles California — Jewish studies teacher, Milken School.
Howie Schneider Aptos California — Retired, Jewish Renewal Community of Santa Cruz
Avi Schulman Fremont California
Judith Seid Dublin California — Led by secular Rabbi Judith Seid, author of “God-optional Judaism.” http://www.secularjewishweddings.com/
Chaim Seidler-Feller Los Angeles California — He was a leftist Hillel director at UCLA. Again, he did not have a congregation at a synagogue. He once violently kicked somebody because he disagreed with them. The lawsuit was settled. He also invited Palestinians to a Shabbos dinner and then was shocked when they showed up wearing t-shirts that said “Zionism is racism.” He is now retired.
Daniel Shevitz Venice California — Real Rabbi, teaches Talmud at AJU
Suzanne Singer Riverside California — Prior to attending HUC, Rabbi Singer spent twenty years as a television producer and programming executive, primarily for national public television (PBS)
David Stein Culver City California — Editor • Writer • Educator • Group Facilitator • Worship Leader
Martin Weiner San Francisco California — Retired
Dvora Weisberg Los Angeles California
Sarah Weissman Redwood City California
Greg Wolfe Davis California
Deborah Bronstein Boulder Colorado
Brian Field Denver Colorado — Rabbi for hire
Hanoch Fields Denver Colorado
Rachel Goldenberg Deep River Connecticut
David Leipziger Teva Middletown Connecticut
Stacy Offner Guilford Connecticut
Jeremy Schwartz Willimantic Connecticut
Jeffery Silberman Westport Connecticut
Michael L. Kramer Hockessin Delaware — Retired
Douglas Krantz Townsend Delaware — Retired
Mark Goldman Sarasota Florida — Retired
Frederick Greenspahn Boca Raton Florida — He’s an academic. Frederick E. Greenspahn is Gimelstob Eminent Scholar of Judaic Studies at Florida Atlantic University, where he directed the Religious Studies and Jewish Studies programs (2006-2009).
Geoff Huntting Sarasota Florida
Sheldon Isenberg Gainesville Florida — He’s an academic. He serves as associate director of the UF Center for Spirituality and Health. He teaches and writes on Jewish mysticism, comparative mysticism, aging and Judaism, and Jewish thought.
Peter Kasdan Longboat Key Florida
Ralph Kingsley Miami Florida — Retired
Ronald Kronish Miami Florida
Lewis C. Littman Ft. Lauderdale Florida — Retired
Susan Marks Sarasota Florida — She’s an academic. Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Klingenstein Chair
Paul Menitoff Palm Beach Florida — Political Activist. With two others, runs Catalyst for Justice.
Stephen Pinsky Wellington Florida — Retired
Howard Shapiro Palm Beach Gardens Florida — Retired
Kurt Stone Fort Lauderdale Florida — Teaches politics at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and Florida International University in Miami.
Mike Trout Boca Raton Florida — Failed congressional candidate.
Cheryl Weiner Hollywood Florida
Steve Westman W.Palm Beach Florida
Ronald Bluming Grayson Georgia
Philip N. Kranz Atlanta Georgia — Retired
Beth Schwartz Columbus Georgia
Alison Abrams Chicago Illinois — Director of Community Organizing
Marc Belgrad Buffalo Grove Illinois — Academic. He now serves as a member of the faculty at Chicagoland Jewish High School.
Jordan Bendat-Appell Highland Park Illinois
Kenneth Berger Deerfield Illinois — Retired
Steven Bob Glen Ellyn Illinois — Retired. Ha’aretz named Rabbi Bob as one of the 36 American Jews who helped shape the 2008 Presidential election. Rabbi Bob is the founder of the Fourth Day Initiative, an interfaith solar energy project.
Herbert Bronstein Evanston Illinois — Academic. Senior Lecturer in Religion, Lake Forest College
Paul Cohen Winnetka Illinois
Alan Cook Champaign Illinois
Laurence Edwards Chicago Illinois
Bruce Elder Highland Park Illinois
Hillel Gamoran Evanston Illinois — Retired
Gary Gerson River Forest Illinois — Retired
Maralee Gordon Woodstock Illinois
Sam Gordon Wilmette Illinois
Suzanne Griffel Chicago Illinois
Peter Knobel Evanston Illinois
Charles Levi Deerfield Illinois
Rebecca Lillian Chicago Illinois
Seth Limmer Chicago Illinois
Andrea London Evanston Illinois
Rachel Mikva Chicago Illinois — “If you don’t think racism exists, you’re white.” Academic. Chicago Theological Seminary.
Nina Mizrahi Northbrook Illinois
Frederick Reeves Chicago Illinois
Robert Schreibman Lincolnshire Illinois — Retired
Michael Weinberg Evanston Illinois
Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus Homewood Illinois — Retired
Max Weiss Oak Park Illinois
Shlomo Wing Rockford Illinois — Retired. Air Cargo Supervisor at UPS Rockford Air Hub and Daddy at stay at home dad.
Leo Wolkow Glenwood Illinois — Retired
Michael Zedek Chicago Illinois
Gary Mazo Newburgh Indiana — Retired
Marla Spanjer Fort Wayne Indiana — Retired
Paula Winnig Indianapolis Indiana
Erin Hirsh Pratt Kansas — Academic. Director, Jewish Community High School & NEXT Professional Learning for Supplementary School Teachers
Daniel Kirzane Overland Park Kansas — Graduated Rabbinic School mid-2014. Became official Rabbi July 2015. Supports Iran deal based on lifelong 4 week experience. Kirzane served the congregation full-time while its senior rabbi, Joel Mosbacher, dedicated a year coordinating a national gun violence prevention campaign.
Mark Levin Prairie Village Kansas — Retired. Rabbi Levin serves on several local boards and writes religion columns for the Kansas City Star.
Arthur Nemitoff Leawood Kansas — Same synagogue as Daniel Kirzane.
Moti Rieber Overland Park Kansas — Kansas Interfaith Power and Light. ”Together we can save energy, save money, and put our faith into action to address climate change.”
Michael Rosenberg Lawrence Kansas — Works as Director of Risk Management at University of Kansas. Before that worked at Pepsi.
Alexandria Shuval Weiner Leawood Kansas
Edward Paul Cohn Metairie Louisiana
Leila Gal Berner Rockville Maryland
Binyamin Biber Silver Spring Maryland — Humanist Chaplaincy at American University + Humanist Society / American Humanist Association
Reeve Brenner Rockville Maryland — Work now? “Exciting sports system for the physically challenged called Bankshot which I am marketing.” His congregation Bet Chesed was dissolved in 2014
Nina Beth Cardin Pikesville Maryland — Environmental activist. She founded the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network and the Baltimore Orchard Project.
George Driesen Bethesda Maryland — Adjunct rabbi. Rabbi George is an Adjunct Professor at the Washington Theological Union, a Catholic institution that trains aspiring priests and nuns. Rabbi George entered rabbinical school after more than 30 years’ teaching and practicing law for the U.S. Government, unions, and individual employers.
Samuel Fishman Bethesda Maryland
John Franken Baltimore Maryland
Donald Gluckman Pikesville Maryland — Retired.
Emanuel S. Goldsmith Rockville Maryland — Retired academic. He taught Hebrew Literature, Yiddish Literature and Jewish Studies at Queens College for over 30 years.
Susan Grossman Columbia Maryland
Jerry Seidler Baltimore Maryland
Ariel Walsh Baltimore Maryland
Thomas Alpert Franklin Massachusetts
Donald Berlin Adams Massachusetts — President, National Association of Retired Reform Rabbis
Herman Blumberg Waban Massachusetts
Caryn Broitman Vineyard Haven Massachusetts — Actual Rabbi. Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.
Sharon Clevenger Newton Centre Massachusetts
Edward Feld Northampton Massachusetts
Jeff Foust Newton Centre Massachusetts
David Freelund Centerville Massachusetts
Serena Fujita Jamaica Plain Massachusetts
Myron S. Geller Gloucester Massachusetts — Retired.
Everett Gendler Great Barrington Massachusetts — Retired.
Robert Goldstein Andover Massachusetts
Jane Kanarek Newton Centre Massachusetts — Associate Professor of Rabbinics
Ira Korinow Haverhill Massachusetts
Jonathan Kraus Belmont Massachusetts
Rifat Sonsino Ashland Massachusetts — Academic. Adjunct professor at Framingham State University.
Elias Lieberman East Falmouth Massachusetts
Janet Liss Becket Massachusetts
Barbara Penzner West Roxbury Massachusetts
Victor Reinstein Jamaica Plain Massachusetts
Mark Shapiro Springfield Massachusetts
Robin Sparr Natick Massachusetts — Rent a Rabbi. Cantor Robin Sparr is Jewish clergy member who specializes in creating individually-tailored, spiritual, musical wedding ceremonies for Jewish and Interfaith couples of all religious and cultural backgrounds.
Elyse Wechterman Attleboro Massachusetts — Left this synagogue in 2014. Holds a BA in International Relations and BS in Journalism from Boston University.
Henry Zoob Westwood Massachusetts — Retired
Jeffrey Falick Royal Oak Michigan
Joseph Klein Rochester Michigan — Retired, Adjunct faculty.
Michael Zimmerman Williamston Michigan
Joseph A Edelheit St. Cloud Minnesota
Amy Eilberg Mendota Heights Minnesota — Left her synagogue. She currently lives in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, where she works for the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and is involved in peace work.
Michael Adam Latz Minneapolis Minnesota
James Bennett Saint Louis Missouri
Alan Londy Kansas City Missouri
Allen Secher Whitefish Montana — Retired. Known as “The Naked Rabbi.” He stepped down recently to take a position on the Montana Council for the Arts.
Ed Stafman Bozeman Montana — Rabbi Ed spent 27 years as a trial lawyer in Tallahassee, Florida, specializing in defending death penalty cases, prior to deciding to attend Rabbinic school. He was largely a secular Jew during much of that time
Aryeh Azriel Omaha Nebraska
Josh Brown Omaha Nebraska — Same synagogue as Aryeh Azriel
Craig Rosenstein Las Vegas Nevada
Myra Soifer Reno Nevada — Retired
Phyllis Bernstein Westfield New Jersey — Phyllis Bernstein served as a CPA/Personal Financial Specialist for many years and now is going to Union Country College to make art from her heart. She is an artist who paints in oil, acrylic and mixed media, and makes jewelry. Phyllis is actively serving on the JCC of Central New Jersey Jewish film festival committee, JCC University Lecture Series, the Inter-agency Task Force for Israeli Arab Issues, and the JFNA Social Venture Fund for Jewish Arab Equality and Shared Society. She is on the executive board of Partners for Progressive Israel.
Renee Edelman South Orange New Jersey
Kenneth Emert Franklin Lakes New Jersey
Elyse Frishman Franklin Lakes New Jersey
Ruth Gais Summit New Jersey
Kim Geringer Short Hills New Jersey
Charles A. Kroloff Westfield New Jersey
Dennis Math Jersey City New Jersey — Left his synagogue. Now a clinical social worker and therapist.
Brooks Susman Freehold New Jersey — Retired
Jonathan Woll Glen Rock New Jersey — Runs Progressive Havurah, a synagogue without walls.
Malka Drucker Santa Fe New Mexico
Arthur Flicker Albuquerque New Mexico
Renni Altman Great Neck New York
Guy Austrian New York New York
David Bauer New York New York — Director of Social Justice Programming Bauer’s background and training include over twenty years of professional experience in theatre, dance, and opera across the US, Europe, Israel, and Canada; nine years devoted to the congregational rabbinate; two decades of yoga practice; and numerous years of academic study in sexuality and spirituality.
Daniel Bar-Nahum Mineola New York
Eliav Bock Vestal New York — Summer Camp leader. Rabbi Eliav Bock is Founding Director of Ramah Outdoor Adventure at Ramah in the Rockies in Denver.
Gill Brociner New York New York
Ayelet Cohen New York New York — Was sanctioned as a rabbi. Same synagogue as David Bauer. The Conservative movement’s rabbinical association has decided to censure the rabbi of a gay and lesbian synagogue in Greenwich Village for disregarding its rules governing how synagogues and rabbis are matched, but it did not expel her. In a meeting at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan, the rabbi, Ayelet S. Cohen, apologized for violating the placement rules of the Rabbinical Assembly. Her synagogue lists her as a writer/consultant. Passionately committed to progressive and feminist Judaism, she is an activist and an advocate.
Jerome Davidson New York New York — Retired
William Dreskin Ardsley New York
Andy Dubin New York New York — Ordained in 2014. Joined a synagogue one month ago. After graduating from Amherst College in 1988, Rabbi Dr. Dubin embarked on a 20-year career in the field of education during which he taught religious studies at some of America’s most demanding high schools.
Rachel Esserman Endicott New York — Rabbi Rachel Esserman is the executive editor and book reviewer for The Reporter Group.
Brian Fink New York New York
Adam Fisher Stony Brook New York — Retired
Leora Frankel Rye New York — Ordained in 2012. Was an intern until 2014. Now an assistant rabbi.
Stephen Garfinkel New York New York — Dr. Stephen Garfinkel “was awarded a DHL, honoris causa, by JTS.” For those who need translation, the Jewish Theological Seminary gave him an HONORARY Degree in Hebrew Letters.
Jonah Geffen New York New York — Rabbinic Director for J-Street, a leftist political advocacy group that has been partially funded by anti-Israel Arab groups.
Irwin Goldenberg Forest Hills New York — Retired
A. Bruce Goldman New York New York — Retired. During the 1968 riots at Columbia University, he was the Jewish Chaplain at Columbia, and was let go by the directors of the independent board of directors of the Jewish organization for participating in the riot and takeover of Campus buildings. Signed a letter stating his belief that “opposition to Zionism cannot in any way be equated with anti-Semitism.”
Stephen Goodman Garden City New York — Self-proclaimed “part-time Rabbi.” Served as an assistant Rabbi in Short Hills, New Jersey, and was active in pro-choice and hunger relief organizations. In 1985, he decided to become a lawyer and pursue his interest in social action. He enrolled at the Law School of New York University, receiving a scholarship for students planning to work in the public interest. Since 1988, when he graduated from law school, he has worked for the New York City Housing Authority, specializing in civil rights issues, and he has been a member of the board of the Nassau County chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Shoshana Hantman Katonah New York — Academic. Beacon Hebrew Alliance Director of Education.
Mark Hurvitz New York New York — After the June 1967 war in Israel, I became involved in the Jewish student movement of the period. My greatest involvement was my participation in the Jewish Radical Community. I am Vice President for Communications of Nisus Software Inc. a software publishing company. Married to Rabbi Deborah Prinz, who explores the connection between people and chocolate.
Jill Jacobs New York New York — Executive Director for T’Ruah, a non-profit activist group set up to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in favor of Palestinian rights.
Cassi Kail Utica New York
Jeremy Kalmanofsky New York New York
Sharon Kleinbaum NY New York — Same synagogue as David Bauer and Ayelet Cohen. Actual Rabbi at CBST, which is not affiliated with any denomination or branch of Judaism
Jacqueline Koch Ellenson New York New York — Director of Women’s Rabbinic Network, a political activist group meant to support women rabbis.
Jim Lebeau New York New York — Retired
Ellen Lippmann Brooklyn New York
Garry Loeb Monroe New York
Jonathan Malamy White Plains New York
Jeffrey Marker Brooklyn New York
David Nelson Tivoli New York
Daniel Polish Poughkeepsie New York
Jonah Rank New York New York — Just graduated rabbinic school in 2015. Works at a religious school as a secretary.
Stephen Roberts Kerhonkson New York — CEO of Clergy for a Healthy America. MBA from Wharton. Studied Food and Resource Economics at University of Florida’s College of Agriculture.
Elliott Rosen Scarsdale New York — Psychotherapist, specializes in marital and family therapy. His own daughter was married by another rabbi.
David Rosenn New York New York — COO at New Israel Fund, a political advocacy group. Manages operations.
Shmuel Sandberg New York New York — “Works” at “Anonymous Foundation.”
Leonard Schoolman New York New York — Retired
Joel Shaiman New York New York — Was an investment advisor for 25 years. Became an ordained Rabbi in 2013. Works as a teacher.
Charles Simon Chatham New York
Jonathan Slater Hastings-on-Hudson New York – Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Co-director of Programs. He teaches “Mindfulness Meditation.”
Joshua Strom New York New York — Became head Rabbi in Spring of 2015. Was an assistant and then associate rabbi until then.
Harvey Tattelbaum New York New York — Retired
Daniel Victor Poughkeepsie New York
Burton Visotzky New York New York
Gerald I. Weider Brooklyn New York — Retired. Now helps assist those who plan conferences and trips to Israel.
Simkha Y. Weintraub New York New York
Lina Zerbarini Lynbrook New York
Philip Bentley Hendersonville North Carolina — Retired
Susan Cowchock Bahama North Carolina — Her entire career is medical, specializing in pregnancy loss issues. Interfaithfamily.com lists her as a lay leader.
Ariel Edery Raleigh North Carolina
John Friedman Durham North Carolina — Retired
Floyd L. Herman Pikesville North Carolina — Retired
Eric Solomon Raleigh North Carolina
Howard Apothaker New Albany Ohio
Joan Friedman Akron Ohio – Associate Chaplain for Jewish and interfaith life at Carleton.
Abie Ingber Loveland Ohio — Ex Hillel Director. Xavier College Office of Interfaith Community Engagement. Adjunct Professor of Theology.
Margaret Meyer Cincinnati Ohio — Cincinnati teacher. Active on interfaith boards.
Saul Oresky Youngstown Ohio — Journalism major in college. 24 year career at a government job as a technical writer-editor of the Naval Research Laboratory. Graduated Rabbinical College in 2013.
Jonathan Perlman Cincinnati Ohio
Vered Harris Edmond Oklahoma
Marcy Baskett Eugene Oregon — She is mentioned with regards to Ad Olam, which calls itself a “Synagogue Without Walls.” It’s website has not been updated since 2014.
Maurice Harris Eugene Oregon — Left his rabbi job in order to spend more time parenting, writing, and teaching.
Johanna Hershenson Bend Oregon
Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin Eugene Oregon
Ariel Stone Portland Oregon
Daniel Isaak Portland Oregon — Retired
Joseph Wolf Portland Oregon
Rebecca Alpert Philadelphia Pennsylvania — American professor in the Departments of Religion and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is currently Senior Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Her specialization is in American and especially Jewish American religious history, and she focuses on issues related to gender, sexuality and race.
Tsurah August Elkins Park Pennsylvania
Marjorie Berman Clarks Summit Pennsylvania — No congregation. One of many board members of the Jewish Family Service of Northeast Pennsylvania. She has no executive or management role.
Malkah Binah Klein Philadelphia Pennsylvania — She does hold a monthly musical Shabbos service at Congregation P’nai Or, but she is not the official rabbi of the synagogue. That is Marcia Prager.
Meryl Crean Lansdale Pennsylvania
Isabel De Koninck Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Art Donsky Pittsburgh Pennsylvania — Retired
SueLevi Elwell Philadelphia Pennsylvania — The Founding Director of the American Jewish Congress Feminist Center in Los Angeles
Dayle Friedman Philadelphia Pennsylvania — Her business is “Growing Older,” which specializes in age issues.
Paula Goldberg Newtown Pennsylvania — She is a “rabbinic scholar” at Shir Ami. She is not the head rabbi. That is Joel Simon.
Linda Holtzman Philadelphia Pennsylvania — Linda Holtzman is the organizer of Tikkun Olam Chavurah, a group that pursues social justice work together as a community. She is the former rabbi of Congregation Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia, where she had previously served as interim rabbi and as education director. RRC.
Susan Kanoff Wynnewood Pennsylvania — Did bereavement counseling in 2011 but everything since then has been political activism.
Jonathan Kendall Elkins Park Pennsylvania — Retired
Alan LaPayover Philadelphia Pennsylvania — In May 2010, Rabbi Alan LaPayover, ’02, joined the staff of the Kaplan Library as assistant librarian. He previously served as associate rabbi of Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, PA, and interim rabbi of Congregation Tiferes B’nai Israel in Warrington, PA.
David Levin Carroll Park Pennsylvania — David attended the University of Chicago earning an AB in Economics. He went on to the New York University Graduate School of Business where he earned an MBA in Finance. Before becoming a rabbi, David enjoyed a career centered in banking and real estate finance, and he also worked in the family garment business. He also devotes his time to special projects including Jewish Sacred Aging, teaching and free speech issues on the college campus. David Levin is a Fellow with Rabbis Without Borders, an interdenominational rabbinic group affiliated with CLAL.
Mordechai Liebling Philadelphia Pennsylvania — Currently he serves on the boards of the Faith and Politics Institute and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. Liebling also is the president emeritus of the Shalom Center. He is the first to direct RRC’s unique Social Justice Organizing Program; he leads the College’s initiative to invest rabbinical students with the clarity of purpose, vision and voice to become uniquely effective, spiritually strong leaders in the drive toward social justice and environmental sustainability. RRC disciple.
Aaron Mackler Pittsburgh Pennsylvania — Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University
Nathan Martin Philadelphia Pennsylvania — In 2010, Rabbi Nathan Martin, ’06, became director of student life at RRC. He provides individual support to students and coordinates programming and community building at the College. He served as assistant director of the University of Michigan (U-M) Hillel for four years before coming to work at RRC. Martin spent nearly 10 years working in the field of energy efficiency policy as a researcher and policy analyst, developing a focus on industrial-energy efficiency. Teaching and exploring the connections between Judaism and environmental sustainability; and integrating these values into his life by working to reduce his carbon footprint.
Michael Michlin Hazleton Pennsylvania — Was a rabbi at Beth Israel Temple, but now they are led by Jon Cutler.
Amber Powers Abington Pennsylvania — VP for Student Development at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC).
Michael Ramberg Elkins Park Pennsylvania
Seymour Rosenbloom Elkins Park Pennsylvania — Retired
Mayer Selekman Bala Cynwyd Pennsylvania — Retired
Jacob Singer-Beilin Abington Pennsylvania — Assistant Rabbi at Old York Road Temple beth Am. Head Rabbi is Robert Leib.
Reena Spicehandler Philadelphia Pennsylvania — No permanent congregation. Visiting (temporary) rabbi at Philadelphia’s Germantown Jewish Centre. Rabbi Reena Spicehandler has been specializing in the interim rabbinates since 2001. Rabbi Spicehandler is joining our clergy in 2014-15 while Rabbi Zeff is on sabbatical and Rabbi Lewis is on maternity leave.
Elliot Strom Morrisville Pennsylvania — Retired
Lance Sussman Elkins Park Pennsylvania
Robert Tabak Elkins Park Pennsylvania
David Teutsch Philadelphia Pennsylvania — He’s a PhD academic. The Louis and Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization; Chair, Department of Contemporary Jewish Civilization; Director, Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics. RRC.
Arthur Waskow Philadelphia Pennsylvania — Through the 1960s, Waskow was active in writing, speaking, electoral politics, and nonviolent action against the Vietnam War. Since 1963, he participated in sit-ins and teach-ins, and was arrested many times. In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He founded The Shalom Center in 1983 and serves as its director. In its inception the Shalom Center primarily confronted the threat of nuclear war from a Jewish perspective. In 2010, Waskow joined in founding the Green Hevra, a network of Eco-Jewish organizations.
Deborah Waxman Wyncote Pennsylvania — President of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Virtually every Pennsylvania “rabbi” on this list attended RRC, a political activist training ground. If one accepts Waxman as an actual rabbinical college president, that still does not mean her entire faculty of subordinates deserves recognition. There can be only one head sled. This seems to clearly be a case of astroturfing where one college provided multiple names to make the list appear larger.
Sheila Weinberg Philadelphia Pennsylvania — She’s a yoga teacher. No longer a congregational rabbi. Has taught mindfulness meditation and yoga to rabbis, Jewish professionals and lay people in the context of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Shawn Zevit Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus Providence Rhode Island — Says he is “self-employed” at Wheaton College. Chair of the religion department; teach Jewish Studies, Bible, First Year Seminar, and Food Studies; the Program Coordinator of the Jewish Studies; and I am faculty advisor to Wheaton Hillel. Attended RRC.
Alan Flam Barrington Rhode Island — Academic. Director of Advising and Community Collaborations at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, a position he has held since the fall of 2000. He is the founder and director of UCAAP, a program designed for first year students who want community service and social change work to be a central part of their Brown experience.
James Rosenberg Providence Rhode Island — Retired. 20 year career as a poet.
Julie Kozlow Greenville South Carolina
Arthur Segal Hilton Head Island South Carolina — Rent-a-rabbi into eco-Judaism. Hilton head has one synagogue. The Rabbi is Brad Bloom.
Heidi Coretz Dallas Texas
Sue Levy Houston Texas
Andrew Paley Dallas Texas
Samuel M. Stahl San Antonio Texas — Retired
Joshua Taub Beaumont Texas
Howard Cohen Bennington Vermont
Dov Taylor Woodstock Vermont
Rosalind Gold Reston Virginia — Retired
Michael Knopf Richmond Virginia
Lynne Landsberg Staunton Virginia — Political activist. Senior Advisor on Disability Issues for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC. Rabbi Landsberg is co-founder and co-chair of the DC Jewish Disability Network—a coalition of national Jewish movements and organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities.
Ben Romer Midlothian Virginia
Jeffrey Saxe Falls Church Virginia — He is the junior rabbi at Temple Rodef Shalom. The senior rabbi is Amy Schwartzman.
Daniel Bridge Seattle Washington — Works at Public Relations firm Xanthus as a “youth and culture expert.” Holds degrees in a huge array of disciplines, including German Language and Literature, Microbiology.
Ted Falcon Seattle Washington — Retired. Founded Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. He completed his final year as Bet Alef’s senior rabbi at the end of 2009 so that he could devote his time to writing, teaching, spiritual counseling, and interfaith work. He was the Scholar-in-Residence of Unity of Bellevue in 2010 and 2011.
David Fine Bellevue Washington
Jay Heyman Seattle Washington — Rent-a-Rabbi. Shalom Spiritual Resources.
Jonathan Biatch Madison Wisconsin
David Brusin Milwaukee Wisconsin — Retired
Charles Feinberg Washington District of Columbia — Political activist. Executive Director of Interfaith Action for Human Rights. Lists Adas Israel as his rabbinic home and does run some support groups, but the senior rabbi there is Gil Steinlauf.
Krayna Feinberg Washington District of Columbia — Owner of Krayna’s Creations, which sells retail and consumer merchandise. Married to Charles Feinberg.
Derek Rosenbaum Washington District of Columbia — Teacher at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. RRC grad.
Gerald Serotta Washington District of Columbia — Political activist community organizer. Executive Director at Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. ICF brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community and to work cooperatively for social and economic justice through the DC region.ICF mission
Daniel Zemel Washington District of Columbia
As you can see, only 151 of these 340 people are truly rabbis. The number of rabbis opposing the Iran deal is far greater. Rabbis who actually do the work of being a rabbi oppose the Iran deal.