Second Career Rabbis

"If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?" (Pirket Avot 1:14)
In the dance between personal needs, communal obligation and the relentless passing of time, this may just be your moment to make a transition to a life of service and spiritual leadership as a rabbi. Here are four profiles of Hebrew College graduates who came to the rabbinate as a second career.

The Jewish people need your wisdom and guidance. We hope their stories inspire you and help you determine if now is your time.

Watch and listen to their stories

Dan Berman

Rabbi Dan Berman, Rab'10, MJEd'10
Rabbi, Temple Reyim, Newton, MA

Former attorney at Boston law firm Mintz, Levin

sonia saltzman

Rabbi Sonia Saltzman, Rab'08
Rabbi, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline MA 

Former business executive
ACCION International 

joel baron

Rabbi Joel Baron, Rab'14
Hospice Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife 

Former Publisher
New England Journal of Medicine 

rachel putterman

Rachel Putterman, current student
Rabbinical School of Hebrew College 

Former public interest attorney

Thinking about a second career in the rabbinate?

Read Hebrew College Director of Professional Development Rabbi Dan Judson's article "Jewish Lessons on Meaningful Work" for some helpful advice about finding meaning in your work or contact Rabbi Daniel Klein, Associate Dean of Admissions at the Rabbinical School, at 617.559.8637.