Meet Our Rabbi
Rabbi Howard Kosovske is one of only a handful of rabbis in the world today who has led congregations on three continents. And in his having served as a rabbi in many different situations, he has developed a unique, very eclectic style of the rabbinate.
Rabbi Kosovske brings a veritable wealth of rabbinic experience to Springhill Avenue Temple, his sixth interim rabbinic position. He has had a truly illustrious rabbinic career that has carried him far and wide.
Rabbi Kosovske’s focus is on people and people describe him as extremely caring. In the course of his rabbinate, he has touched the lives literally of thousands of individuals, each of whom is extremely important to him. He is equally at home interacting as a rabbi with someone on the street or in a living room as he is when he is speaking from the pulpit. While he has served as an advisor to governors, mayors, and corporate presidents, he is most comfortable and fulfilled when he is interacting with people as they walk through the journey of life, whether that be in happy times or sad.
It is hard to label where Rabbi Kosovske comes from religiously, harder still to pin him down. A scholar extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Jewish tradition, he brings elements from the far reaches of Judaism to his own observances. Probably the best word to describe his religious style is “heimish,” or homey, with a very Jewish flavor. And his worship services are always as involving and participatory and they are spiritually stirring.
An ordained of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, the seminary awarded Rabbi Kosovske a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, in recognition of his distinguished service as a rabbi to the Jewish People. He remains a continuing, growing student of the Jewish tradition, and as such he serves as a shining example of what it means to be enriched lifelong by our tradition.
Rabbi Kosovske is married to Janet Kramer, who is as personable and warm as he is. He has two daughters, Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Ahavah in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Dr. Yonit Lea Kosovske, a performing harpsichordist who teaches at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Finally, he has four wonderful grandchildren over whom he kvells non-stop.