Meet Our Rabbi
We are proud to have Rabbi Boraz (call him Rabbi) serve our Congregation. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Rabbi grew up in a Jewishly conservative environment. After his Bar Mitzvah, he became a Torah reader to this very day. Here is more about him.
His family moved to Chicago, where he attended Loyola University’s undergraduate and law schools. Engaged in law for ten years, he maintained his affiliation with a Temple as a Torah reader, lay leader, and as teacher in its confirmation program.
In 1988, he left his career in law to become a Rabbi and went to Israel for the first year of study at HUC School of Rabbinics. In his 4th year, he was encouraged to apply (and did so) to its School of Graduate Studies, where five years later (1998), he was awarded his Ph.D. He received his ordination (semicha) in 1993.
The Wexner Foundation selected him as one of its first Fellows, where he studied principles of rabbinic leadership during his tenure at HUC.
After graduation, Rabbi and his family (he has two children, now adults) moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, where he served Dartmouth College as its Rabbi and the local Jewish community for twenty years. He then left to serve the Reform movement taking a small pulpit in Wisconsin before accepting our pulpit here in Mobile.
Our Rabbi trained at HUC under Rabbi Ben Zion Wacholder, may his memory be for a blessing. Both Rabbi Wacholder and our Rabbi’s Bar Mitzvah teacher, Meyer Ansky, had an enormous influence. Both taught a certain Jewish gentleness that seemed to arise from the Jewish communities and great learning centers of Eastern Europe.
Rabbi Boraz is the author of “Understanding the Talmud: A Modern Reader’s Guide for Study” and has published in the CCAR Journal.
His interests include music of different genres, exercise, golf (though not all that good), films, reading – but most of all, just being a part of our community. Rabbi is married to Maggie who is an artist and active in Temple life.
Rabbi would love to meet with you. Never hesitate to reach out, make an appointment, or drop by the Temple.