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Guest Shabbat Speaker

December 29, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Rebooting Resolutions with Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

Just as we prepare to welcome 2019, our Torah cycle takes us to our foundational story of liberation.  At the heart of this ancient story lies a less well-known but equally radical journey towards dependence and vulnerability.  How can this story of freedom and dependence inform the way we think about the resolutions we made back in September?

Rabbi Sonia Saltzman was Senior Rabbi at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline from 2011 until 2018 and at Sha’arei Shalom in Ashland from 2008 to 2011. Rabbi Saltzman was ordained in 2008 as part of the first graduating class of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College. Prior to entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Saltzman worked in the field of micro-finance at ACCION International as head of the Financial Services Department, extending credit to small businesses in the developing world. She also worked in Bank of Boston’s Project Finance Department and taught in its Loan Officer Development Program. Rabbi Saltzman is a graduate of Tufts University and holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs (Columbia University) and a Masters Degree in Bible and Jewish Thought (Brandeis University). She is married to Dr. Ned Saltzman, an urologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and has two grown sons, Benjamin and Gabriel.

Rabbi Saltzman grew up in Chile, in a home imbued with Jewish values, but at a time when opportunities for Jewish learning were especially limited for women. When asked why she entered the rabbinate, Rabbi Saltzman responds, “I believe in the wisdom and beauty of Judaism and hope to inspire others to deepen their relationship to Judaism by offering opportunities to engage with our sacred texts, to experience the richness of prayer and to build a caring and committed community.” Rabbi Saltzman and her family have been long-time members of Temple Emanuel, way before she decided to go to Rabbinical School!


December 29, 2018
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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