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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An Evening with Art Spiegelman. author of MAUS
Octpber 19 at 7:30
UVM Recital Hall Redstone Campus UVM
Please join us on October 19, 2017 for an evening of conversation with legendary cartoonist Art Spiegelman. In an onstage interview and presentation, Spiegelman will discuss his extensive body of work, including his award winning graphic novel Maus, and share his perspectives on the history of comics and use of comics in non-fiction storytelling. The event will conclude with an audience question and answer session.

Signed copies of Spiegelman's books Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, Breakdown and Si Lewen's Parade will be available for purchase.

Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus—which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. In his lecture, “What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?” Spiegelman takes his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, all the while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored. He believes that in our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.”

Having rejected his father’s aspirations for him to become a dentist, Art Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 15. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College before becoming part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s. As creative consultant for Topps Bubble Gum Co. from 1965-1987, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other novelty items, and taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1986. In 2007, he was a Heyman Fellow of the Humanities at Columbia University where he taught a Masters of the Comics seminar. In 1980, Spiegelman founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife, Françoise Mouly—Maus was originally serialized in the pages of RAW. Before being published by Pantheon, who have published many of his subsequent works including an illustrated version of the 1928 lost classic, The Wild Party, by Joseph Moncure March.

Sponsored by the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, the Department of German and Russian, and the Jewish Studies Program

Supported by the Richard Ader/Paul Konigsberg Endowment for the UVM Center for Holocaust Studies

Presented in Cooperation with the Vermont Folklife Center’s Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium

October 19, 2017
7:00 pm
Music Building - A200 Recital Hall
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Free and Open to the Public
No Advance Registration Necessary