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Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

Rabbi Sonia SaltzmanRabbi Sonia Saltzman was ordained in 2008 as part of the first graduating class of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, an institution committed to a pluralistic approach to Jewish learning and practice. Upon ordination she served three years at Sha’arei Shalom, a non-affiliated community in Ashland, MA. She helped lead the community through a transition process including extensive new programming and relocation. During Rabbinical School Rabbi Saltzman held student pulpits at Temple Emanuel in Newton and at Temple Aliyah in Needham. She also completed chaplaincy training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and served as faculty for the Bronfman Youth Fellowship Program in Israel.

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 Sonia Saltzman

Cantorial Soloist Jacqueline Breines

We welcome Jacqueline Breines to Temple Ohabei Shalom as our interim cantorial soloist.

Jacqui’s passion for Judaism was instilled early in life. Growing up on a small farm in rural NJ, the nearest Reform congregation was a half-hour drive from home. But three to four times each week she traveled there, excited to learn and be part of the community.

These days, her passion and excitement for Judaism is coupled with a great deal of experience in the field of Jewish music and education. Jacqui completed the Cantorial Certificate Program at Hebrew College in 2003 and for the past fourteen years has served as the Cantor at B’nai Torah in Sudbury.

Jaqueline is the Immediate Past President of the Women Cantors’ Network. Prior to joining B’nai Torah she sang with Zamir Chorale of Boston. (Included here is a snippet of a recording of Jacqui’s solo with Zamir during their tour in Poland. Just scroll down to #13.)

Jacqui lives in Newton and has three adult sons – Shea, Michael, and David.

We extend a warm welcome to her and look forward to a wonderful year together.

Rabbi Emily Lipof, Rabbi Emerita

Rabbi Emily LipofRabbi Emily Lipof is the first woman in the United States to be named Senior Rabbi of a major congregation. In 1988, she was called to our pulpit, where she has been instrumental in revitalizing our congregation with her innovative programs, spirituality, and inclusiveness. An educator at heart, Rabbi Lipof founded the Temple Shalom Nursery School in Newton. She served as principal of the High School for Jewish Studies and was the director and teacher of an adult education workshop at Brandeis University.

The Jewish community of Greater Boston and beyond is well aware of Rabbi Lipof’s uniqueness and accomplishments: She has been honored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies with their annual Rabbinic Award, by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev with their Outstanding Service Award, and by Israel Bonds National Board, which chose her as one of 50 rabbis in the United States to receive the coveted Golden Shofar Award.

Naomi Fisher, Communications & Clergy Relations Coordinator

Naomi Fisher joined the Temple Ohabei Shalom staff in October of 2014. She is a native of Newton, where she grew up during the inspiring creation and growth of her childhood congregation. As an adult she continues to cherish the people, rituals, and fullness of Judaism. For many years she sang with Zamir Chorale of Boston and she was also a member of Havurat Shalom in Somerville.

Naomi comes to Temple Ohabei Shalom after working in the field of publishing and communications for several decades. Understanding and loving the enrichment that synagogue life can offer, she is excited to be part of TOS and is eager to work with the community in this role.