B’nai Sholom joyously welcomes Rabbi David Katz of Baltimore to lead our community as our new Interim Rabbi.
Rabbi Katz was ordained in 1981 and awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from Hebrew Union College in 2006. He has 39 years in the rabbinate, including service to seven congregations as interim rabbi. He has authored numerous articles and is the co-editor of Reading Between the Lines: New Stories from the Bible. He served on committees that developed Mishkan T’filah, the newest Reform Judaism prayer book, published in 2007, that is used at B’nai Sholom and in synagogues throughout North America. Rabbi Katz also developed the “Moments” Engagement Program, a way of organizing synagogue life to assure successful attendance at every program, service and event.
Rabbi Katz has served on the boards of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and National Association of Temple Educators and as president of New York Area Reform Rabbis. He has garnered multiple honors, and awards from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for scholarship, community service and human relations. Rabbi Katz also holds degrees in theatre from Northwestern University.
A native of Rochester, Rabbi Katz and his wife, Nancy, an artist, appreciate the natural beauty and resources of Upstate New York and the Capital Region. Their daughter, Emily, is executive director of “Justice for Kurds” and founder of Hampstead Rose, a consulting firm specializing in international cross-cultural projects. Their son, Benjamin, is a harpsichordist and composer.