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Rabbi Howard Rosenbaum joins Beth Israel staff

WEST HARTFORD – Rabbi Howard Rosenbaum has been appointed director of Lifelong Learning of Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, it was announced recently by the congregation’s senior rabbi, Michael Pincus.

In his new role, Rosenbaum, who has more than 40 years of experience as a professional Jewish educator, will direct the synagogue’s Youth Engagement Program and assist lay leaders in expanding adult learning opportunities.

Calling Rosenbaum an “enthusiastic educator,” Rabbi Pincus said, “He will bring expertise in engaging learners of all ages in deeper study to this newly-formed position.”

Rabbi Rosenbaum has taught at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford and this past year in Beth Israel’s eighth grade Journey Onward Program. He was also the principal of Beth El’s Religious School where during his 23-year tenure, he developed and implemented several award-winning curricula.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the search committee for their tireless efforts in an extensive search: Lesley Gertner, Michael Honor, Seth Kaufman, Larry Klein, Bonnie Schneider, Melissa Teitler, and co-chairs Rob Berman and Jeff Smith. Our search committee unanimously endorsed Rabbi Rosenbaum for this position not only for his experience, but also for his warmth, energy, and passion for Jewish education,” Rabbi Pincus said in a letter to congregants.

Rabbi Rosenbaum will begin his role as director of Lifelong Learning on July 1.

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