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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]www.burningbushadventures.com


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 Rabbi Edleson, currently the Rabbi at Temple Sinai in South Burlington, believes Judaism must be joyful, inclusive and flexible in finding ways to make our tradition vibrant and alive for the next generation. David was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 1990, where he successfully fought for the ordination of LGBT rabbis in the Reform movement, and where he won awards in Jewish philosophy, Jewish Music, Modern Hebrew Literature, and Homiletics. Prior to seminary, David had worked as a teacher at the Kiryat Moriah Education Center in Jerusalem, teaching student leaders from all over the English-speaking world about Judaism and Israel. David served as the rabbi for the Hebrew Association of the Deaf for 25 years, leading services in ASL and adapting services to be participatory and inclusive for hearing and deaf.  While serving as a rabbi, David also worked as a leader at several social service agencies, including Vermont CARES, the AIDS service and advocacy agency in Vermont.  He was awarded his Doctor of Divinity in 2015. In addition to his work as a rabbi, he has taught courses in literature and religion at the Community College of Vermont, and Middlebury College, where he served as a dean for eight years. David grew up in rural Georgia where he met Tim in ninth grade; they now live with their poodles in a “hippie house” they built by hand in Lincoln. [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 Rabbinical
College. Rabbi Greenfield officiates a full range of lifecycle events forthose who seek to mark significant milestones within a framework of Jewish
culture, custom and tradition. She welcomes the opportunity to work with a variety of people, including those who identify as Jewish, interfaith,
secular, multiracial, straight and LGBTQI. She may be reached at  [email protected].


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


Cantor Scott Buckner was engaged by Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM) in June, 2017 as its spiritual leader. An ordained cantor, he has energized ICM’s worship services, special events and milestone celebrations with upbeat, creative and deeply spiritual music that has engaged congregants and the community at large. Prior to moving to Vermont, Cantor Buckner had a 23-year tenure as Cantor of Adath Jeshurun Congregation (AJC) in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a 1,200 family congregation where he was responsible for music, religious and spiritual life, Jewish education, and congregational leadership. Upon his departure in 2017, he was honored by AJC as Cantor Emeritus; as a tribute to his musical legacy, AJC sponsored the recording of a CD that showcased Cantor Buckner and the AJC choir. Cantor Buckner has served as President of the Hillel Board of Directors at the University of Minnesota and sat on the Ethics Committee of the Cantors Assembly and will soon be installed on their Executive Council. Cantor Buckner was also a reviewer for "Siddur Lev Shalem", a recent-edition prayer book published by The Rabbinical Assembly. He and his wife Marcy love the outdoors and have embraced the Vermont lifestyle as they enjoy cross-country skiing, biking, running, hiking and golf.  More importantly, they enjoy visiting their four adult children as often as they can.


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 David Fainsilber and his family joined the JCOGS community in 2013. He and his wife Alison Link and their sons, Adar, Yonah, and Hersh, live in the greater Stowe area, and have brought a surge of energy and spirit to JCOGS. Our Jewish center has — and will continue to — benefit greatly from having a full-time Rabbi who is an active, engaged member of the greater community. You may spot Rabbi David and his family snowshoeing the Notch, biking on the Lamoille Rail Trail, or schmoozing at the Farmers’ Market. Rabbi David enhances JCOGS with his love of music, focus on family and youth, and warm, pastoral presence. Along with weekly musical Shabbat services, he offers a regular Torah study and other adult-education classes, and has been instrumental in the expansion of our Religious School and year-round family programs. Rabbi David’s religious education spans both Canada and the United States. He grew up in Montreal and earned an honors degree in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia. He was ordained in 2014 at the pluralistic Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, Mass.


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], www.chabadvt.org, (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 (www.icmvt.org) 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 rabbidavidnovak.blogspot.com.  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.
 www.RuachhaMaqom.org;  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

Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman,MSW Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman is the Rabbi of the Rutland Jewish Center.
She is dedicated to the development of meaningful Jewish community rooted in our Jewish wisdom traditions and focused on the contemporary needs for Tikkun Olam--repairing the world. Rabba Kaya was most recently the spiritual leader of Congregation Agudat Achim in Leominster, Massachusetts where she served as their Interim Rabbi. She is the founder of Rimon: Resource Center for Jewish Spirituality, where she served as Executive Director and Spiritual Leader from 2012–2016. Through Rimon, Rabba Kaya established and led the South Berkshire Community Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society). She is also one of the co-founders of The Berkshire Minyan in Great Barrington, MA. In 2015 Rabba Kaya was recognized by The Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.

Prior to work in the Jewish community, Rabba Kaya worked as a clinical social worker with families and children and as a professional feng shui consultant. Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a non-denominational, pluralistic seminary in Yonkers, in 2011. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from New York University.  She is a Fellow of Rabbis Without Borders–CLAL.  Her professional associations include the Association of Rabbis and CantorsOhalah-The Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal and Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.


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 is the emeritus rabbi at Rutland Jewish Center 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], www.chabaduvm.org, (802) 658-5770‪‪ ext. 5. 57 South Williams Street, Burlington, VT 05401

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