Barbara received the degree of rabbi and Master of Hebrew Letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia in 1987. She also earned a master’s degree in religion at Temple University. Her Bryn Mawr degree is in Russian studies. She is married to Brian Rosman and is the mother of two children, Aviva, 9, and Yonah, 4.
Barbara works part time for Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, a small urban congregation of about 130 households within Boston. Along with leading services and teaching adults and children, “I perform pastoral services for the aging population of the temple, and am helping to revitalize it by attracting young families,” she explains. In addition, she’s a consultant “on a very exciting and cutting-edge adult Jewish learning program in the Boston area called Me’ah.” Me’ah means 100 and the class is 100 hours of Jewish learning over 2 years. It’s an intense learning experience for adults of different levels of Jewish knowledge, often based in their home congregation. Barbara works with the rabbis of the congregations to help them integrate these newly educated members of their congregations. “We are in the business of “transformation” — transforming Jewish lives to become more literate in Jewish thought and Jewish communities, to make them more vibrant and caring places!”
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