Faculty

Cantor Rosalie Boxt 
Cantor Rosalie Will Boxt is the Director of Worship and Music for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).  She also mentors clergy in the field and consults congregations and clergy on issues of worship and music, and synagogue transition and change. Rosalie served from 2001 until 2017 as Cantor of Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Maryland, just north of Washington DC immediately after being ordained Cantor from the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.  She is a product of URJ Camps and NFTY, and received her undergraduate degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a Synagogue 3000 Fellow, is a Partner in the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and is a past Vice-President for Member Relations of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC). She is frequently asked to write or present workshops on worship trends, serve on panels, and teach songleading to teens and adults.  Through PresenTense, an incubator for young Jewish social entrepreneurs she launched a project called Kesher Shir: a venture which brings together Jewish musicians from diverse backgrounds to study, collaborate, and create meaningful music which will enrich and enliven worship and strengthen communities.

Cantor Rosalie Will Boxt

Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber
is the executive director of Derekh: A Pathway into Adult Jewish Learning. Previously, Joan was the co-director of Hevreh: A Community of Adult Jewish Learners. She is a consultant and teacher of adult Jewish learners. For two years, Joan served as Interim Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Yisrael in Armonk, NY. She was Adult Learning Specialist for the Union for Reform Judaism, and was responsible for the development and publication of 10 Minutes of Torah and ran the annual URJ Kallot. Joan has served congregations on the east coast as rabbi and educator since her ordination in 1984 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In addition to ordination in 1984, Joan received an MA of Education from New York University.

Joan is married to Andy Farber. They are inspired by the adult lives of their children: Rabbi Miriam, her husband Rabbi Beni Wajnberg, Adam, Yael and the most amazing grandsons Shai and Rafi.

Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber

Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen
Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen has served for 14 years as one of the rabbis at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.  She is the Director of BHC Cares and advises BHC Justice, concentrating in recent years on racial justice, immigration, poverty, and environmental issues. Rabbi Sachs-Kohen annually leads Rosh Hashana Under the Stars at Oregon Ridge Park, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Erev Rosh Hashana service which is free and open to the public. During its 12 years of existence, the service has attracted as many as 6000 participants and has continued to grow. Before coming to Baltimore, Rabbi Sachs-Kohen served for 5 years at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT. She was ordained in 1999 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. She earned her BA in theater and drama at the University of Michigan. Rabbi Sachs-Kohen grew up at Temple Beth El in Harrisonburg, VA. She currently learns with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in the Clergy Leadership Program. 

Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen

Rabbi Amy Scheinerman
After nearly three decades in the pulpit rabbinate (Reform, Conservative, and unaffiliated congregations), Rabbi Scheinerman is now a hospice chaplain, scholar-in-residence, writer, and teacher. Her two-volume book, The Talmud of Relationships (Jewish Publication Society) is a 2018 National Jewish Book Award Finalist. In addition, she is the editor of the Torah Commentary column of the CCAR newsletter and serves on the CCAR Responsa Committee. She is past president of the Baltimore Board of the Rabbis, the Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis, and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. She received her B.A. from Brown University, studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Princeton Theological Seminary, and was ordained at HUC-JIR in Jew York, where she also received a Doctor of Divinity in 2009. She and her husband, Dr. Edward Scheinerman, a mathematician and dean of graduate engineering at The Johns Hopkins University, have four children and three grandchildren. 

Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

Rabbi Joseph Skloot
Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D. is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR’s New York Campus. Skloot received his Ph.D. in History at Columbia University, where he was awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship. His research explores the effects of printing on Hebrew texts during the sixteenth century and his teaching encompasses early modern and modern Jewish history and Jewish religious thought. 

Prior to his appointment to HUC-JIR’s faculty, Skloot served as Associate Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. He is chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Worship and Practice Committee and his writing has been featured in two CCAR Press publications: The Sacred Table (2011) and Lights in the Forest (2014). He is married to Rabbi Erin Glazer of B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. 

Rabbi Joseph Skloot

Rabbi Jacob Staub
Rabbi Staub is Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Spirituality at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is Director of Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations (evolve@reconstructingjudaism.org) and the Co-Director of Bekhol Derakhekha Da’ehu (Know God in All Your Ways), a program which trains Jewish Spiritual Directors. He leads Mussar va’ads (groups) in the Tikkun Middot program. He is the co-author of Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach.

Rabbi Jacob Staub

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