During the day Rabbi Saltzman can be contacted through the Temple office at: (617) 277-6610.
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Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

Rabbi Sonia SaltzmanRabbi Sonia Saltzman [ssaltzman@ohabei.org] 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 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

Rabbi Saltzman’s High Holy Days Sermons


Timshol—Yom Kippur 2017

Hineini—Kol Nidre 2017

Love and Hate — RH Day 1


Questions RHErev Rosh Hashanah

Come as You Are, Leave ChangedRH Day 1

Adam and Eve: Adult LearnersRH Day 2

ResilienceKol Nidre

LeadershipYom Kippur


What Makes a Space Holy? — Erev Rosh Hashanah

Memories and Moving Forward Rosh Hashanah — RH Day 1

Environment — RH Day 2

MA’AMADOT—RH Day 2 Prayers for the Earth

Imperfection and Brokenness—Kol Nidre

Religious Fundamentalism & Extremism—Yom Kippur


How High are the High Holidays? – Erev Rosh Hashanah

Spiritual but not Religious – Rosh Hashanah

Reflections on Sin – Kol-Nidre

Israel: Reflections and Appeal – Yom Kippur



Follow the links below to read Rabbi Sonia Saltzman’s inspiring sermons from High Holy Day services 5774/2013.

Celebrating Birthdays – Erev Rosh Hashanah

Pursuit of Holiness – Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Created in God’s Image – Rosh Hashanah Day 2

Al Tira / Do not Fear – Kol Nidre

Behind the Un’tane tokef – Yom Kippur