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