Vermont Rabbis, Cantors, and Spiritual Leaders


Rabbis, Cantors, and Spiritual Leaders in Vermont


Rabbi Howard Cohen Available for creative life cycle events and wilderness adventures infused with Judaism. Contact Information: (413) 652-7086‪‪ or [email protected]


Rabbi Michael M. Cohen is the Rabbi Emeritus, Israel Congregation, Manchester Center, VT who works at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action of Bennington College, and is also the Director of Community Relations for the Friends of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. He is a blogger for the Jerusalem Post and the author of Einstein's Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul. He can be reached at [email protected] and 802 753-2484‪‪802 753-2484.  


Rabbi David Edelson [email protected]


Rabbi James Scott Glazier, Rabbi of Temple Sinai, South Burlington. Graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Secondary Education and History in 1974. Ordained from the Hebrew Union College with a Master of Hebrew Letters in 1979. Doctorate from the Hebrew Union College-J.I.R. in 2004. Adjunct Professor of Religion at Saint Michael's College.


Rabbi Jarah Greenfield has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El in Bennington, VT and is a graduate of the Reconstructionist RabbinicalCollege.  Rabbi Greenfield officiates a full range of life-cycle events and provides educational programs for adults and families.


Rabbi Ilene Harkavy Haigh is the rabbi at WAJC/ Congregation Shir Shalom- Woodstock VT.  She is a graduate of HUC/JIR and the University of Pennsylvania; Rabbi Haigh is deeply committed to the cause of liberal and progressive Judaism in Vermont. She can be reached at (802) 457-4840 or [email protected] - All are welcome


Kate Judd, Cantor, ordained by Hebrew College in Newton, MA, in June of 2015, serves as Spiritual Leader (sole clergy) for the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (Congregation Shir HeHarim) in Brattleboro, where she has been since July 2012.  Kate believes that the work of a cantor is all about connection: connecting people to God, connecting God to the people, and connecting people to each other through sacred music and ceremony. [email protected]


Rabbi Yitzchok Raskin and Rabbi Eliyahu Junik at Chabad of Vermont. Services provided include synagogue services, Torah classes, Shabbat and holiday dinners, holiday celebrations and awareness programs, Gan Yeladim Preschool, Chabad Hebrew School, and Camp Gan Israel Day Camp. Contact Information: [email protected],, (802) 658-5770‪‪, (802)-658-7612‪‪. 57 South Williams Street, Burlington, VT 05401


Rabbi Shana Margolin graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1989, and has 20 years of experience as a congregational rabbi in central New Jersey and in Vermont. She loves officiating at life cycle events, because they are an opportunity to guide people to experience the holiness of life-changing moments.  She is available for baby-namings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring and services, weddings, funerals, shiva minyans, and study towards conversion. Contact information: [email protected], (802) 223-0559‪‪, (802) 223-0559 


Rabbi David Novak received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in May 2007.  Since June of that year until APril 2017, he  served Israel Congregation of Manchester ( in Manchester Center, Vermont, an unaffiliated synagogue.  Over the course of his rabbinate, Rabbi Novak presided over all Jewish lifecycle events.  He is a warm, caring, pastoral presence.  His website is  He may be reached at [email protected] or 802 362 4578.


Rabbi Stuart Jay Robinson, Esq. is the founder and CEO of The AKEDA FOUNDATION is an International Jewish Non-Profit Organization, dedicated to creating an inclusive space for people of diverse backgrounds, identities, and beliefs. He was ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in New York City, NY in 2012. He is based out of Grand Isle, VT. Contact Information: [email protected], (802) 881- 9158.


Rabbi Jan Salzman founder of Congregation Ruach haMaqom in Burlington received smicha (ordination) through ALEPH, a seminary of Jewish Renewal, which is a non-denominational and neo-chassidic movement. She has lived in Vermont since 1978,Rabbi Jan Salzman was ordained in 2010 by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She served as the Assistant Rabbi and Cantor for 6 years at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, Vt.  She was blessed to have been a student of Reb Zalman. She serves in the capacity of Treasurer on the Board of OHALAH, an international professional  Association of Renewal Rabbis, Cantors and Rabbinic Pastors. She is on the board of Living Tree Alliance located in Moretown Vt, which is an ecologically oriented community that offers co-housing, farming, and educational opportunities. She has lived in Vermont for over 35 years, is married to her rebbitzmon, Loredo Sola, and has two grown children and a grandchild.;  call or text 802-356-1668.

Rabbi Ira Schiffer served as the Associate Chaplain and Hillel Advisor at Middlebury College.  For inquiries about officiating at weddings, please contact him at [email protected].

Rabbi Amy Joy Small was honored to become the Senior Rabbi of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue of Burlington, Vermont at the start of 2016. Her passion is helping others enjoy meaningful spiritual living through the rich heritage of Jewish wisdom. She is devoted to sharing Jewish ideas, values and practices with seekers from all backgrounds, while nurturing a loving, caring community devoted to repairing the world.

Previously, Rabbi Small worked in Jewish innovation by creating and directing Deborah’s Palm Center for Jewish Learning & Experiences in Morristown, New Jersey. Through Deborah’s Palm Center, Rabbi Small taught and facilitated Jewish experiences for adults, emphasizing questions from our everyday lives, explored through Jewish texts and ideas.
She is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, where she served on the board for many years. She is a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a Storahtelling Maven, and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, from RRC in 2012.

Dov Taylor is rabbi of Chavurat Ki-tov: A Gathering for Jewish Life and Learning in Woodstock, Vermont, and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Solel in Highland Park, Illinois. Ordained at HUC-JIR in New York City, he has also taught at Brandeis University, New England College, the Hebrew University and HUC-JIR in Jerusalem; held post-graduate fellowships at Oxford and Harvard; established and directed International Torah Corps—an intensive summer program in Hebrew and Judaica for high school students; and translated the first Hebrew novel—Joseph Perl’s Revealer of Secrets (1819). He especially enjoys teaching, lecturing and counseling with couples and families to prepare meaningful life-cycle ceremonies. As an expression of his commitment to both Israel and justice, he recently, he led an Interfaith Experience of Israel and Palestine, including visits to Jericho, Bethlehem and Hebron. Rabbi Taylor may be reached at [email protected] or 802/457-3225.

Rabbi Doug Weber was ordained at HUC-JIR, New York in 1982 and since 1992 has been a member of the Rabbinical Assembly. He also holds an advanced certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry. He has been with the Rutland Jewish Center since 2005 and teaches philosophy and religion courses at Castleton State College and the College of St. Joseph. He is a proud and active member of the Rutland Rocks Curling Club.

Rabbi Tobie Weisman is the founding director of the Yearning for Learning Center for Jewish Studies and the PJ Library in Vermont.  She has a spiritual healing practice in Montpelier where she does Kabbalah Coaching and Energy Harmonizing. She also is available for workshops, classes, private tutoring, weddings, bar/bat Mitzvah coaching, baby namings and other life-cycle events.


Rabbi Zalman Wilhelm is the Rabbi at Chabad at University of Vermont. His services include serving Jewish college students, parents and alumni, Shabbat and holiday dinners and celebrations, Torah classes and kosher dining. Contact Information: [email protected],, (802) 658-5770‪‪ ext. 5. 57 South Williams Street, Burlington, VT 05401







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Israeli Folk Dancing in Vermont

Israeli Folk Dancing at Ohavi Zedek!
All of our dances are on Sunday evenings, 7:30-9:30 
We ask for a $2 donation, after the first visit which is free. We ask that participants bring clean shoes.
Beginners are asked to arrive at 7:30.  Dances become more advanced in the second hour.
No partner necessary!
The next dance will be held on May 28
Israeli Folk Dancing at Rutland Jewish Center
Thurs., June 1st at 7 p.m.:
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Literature in Vermont

Literature Lovers at Upper Valley Jewish Community

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman is based on the story of Rachel Pizzaro and her son Camille Pizzaro, the father of impressionism.
The Jewish Book Council describes:  Set in the beautiful and vividly drawn island of St. Thomas, The Marriage of Opposites creates an intense world of political strife, familial anguish, and, of course, heartbreaking love that makes this clear: the world that one is presented with is never a clear reflection of reality. Everyone has secrets.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
The book is a humorous memoir of what it was like to be uprooted as a child from the monochromatic world of USSR and plunked down in 1979 in the perplexing and gloriously Technicolor world of the U. S. of A. (NY Times).
Hadassah Book Group 
The Sara Frank Chapter of Hadassah book group in Burlington, VT and environs,  meets monthly to discuss books with Jewish content.   Meetings are informal and held at each others' homes weekday evenings.  All are welcome to join for interesting discussions, tasty snacks, and socializing.    Please contact the host to let her know you plan to attend.   For more information contact either Rebecca Sherlock ([email protected]) or the specified host below.  Looking forward to seeing you soon. 
June 12th [second Mondays] 7:30 PM
Author Reading | May 22 @ 7pm
Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier will be hosting an Author Reading of 13 Stradomska Street: A Memoir of Exile and Return by Andy Potok on Monday, May 22 at 7:00pm.
This book is the result of a trip back to Poland which Andy and his wife made four years ago when a Polish lawyer called out of the blue to tell him about a small apartment house that belonged to his grandmother and was wrongly inherited after the war. He was asked to fly to Krakow, all expenses paid, to claim the property before a Polish court. This experience, his third trip to Poland since his escape in 1939, brought childhood traumas back with a vengeance, leading to a painful re-examination of Potok's life. Join Andy as he talks about his personal experience with the horrors of war, displacement, and of being a refugee.  This program is at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT. Please call 802-223-3338 for more information.