Senior Rabbi Joel Sisenwine
Joel Sisenwine has been the Rabbi of Temple Beth Elohim since the year 2000, a period of great growth and energy in the life of our community. A native of Philadelphia, Rabbi Sisenwine graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. There, Rabbi Sisenwine received the prestigious Wexner Foundation Fellowship for Jewish Leadership, as well as the nationally recognized Truman Foundation Fellowship for public service.
Following studies at various institutions of higher learning, including Tel Aviv University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, he was ordained a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1995.
Rabbi Sisenwine has distinguished himself as a leading voice in the local and national Jewish community. He is currently the rabbinic chair of the Reform movement's Commission on Worship and Religious Living, and also serves on the President's Rabbinic Council of the Hebrew Union College. He was also as a founding member of the region's Reform Beit Din, and has served on several local and national leadership boards, including the Jewish Community Center, the Rashi School, and the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Sisenwine is the author of various articles and publications. He shares life with his wife Heidi, a teacher at the Rashi School, and his three daughters. He can occasionally be seen on the basketball courts of the JCC, the bleachers at Fenway Park, or enjoying time with his family.
June 2014: Rabbi Sisenwine is on Sabbatical
We're so pleased Rabbi Sisenwine is enjoying his brief sabbatical. He began his time of study and reflection on June 11 and will return to TBE on July 21, after spending a week as a 'Camp Rabbi' at Eisner Camp. If you need to set up a time with Rabbi Sisenwine, for when he returns, please contact his assistant, Rachel Maillet, (781) 235-8419 x204.
Family Trip to Israel
December 22, 2014-January 1, 2015
Join Rabbi Sisenwine on an amazing journey to Israel. View a preliminary itinerary. Contact Rachel Maillet for additional information.
Community Trip to Poland & Prague
July 19-30, 2015
Join Rabbis Sisenwine and Sherman as we visit once vibrant Jewish communities and concentration camps. Discover the essence of Jewish Eastern Europe, from the tragic history of the Holocaust to the hopes and prayers of the rebuilt Jewish communities. Travel back through time to this troubling period of Jewish history, while exploring the wonders and mysteries of the time and place. This trip will offer us an opportunity to engage, reflect, and build community as we travel from Warsaw to Lublin, Krakow to Prague. View trip details. For more information please contact Rabbi Sisenwine or Rabbi Sherman.
View a video of Rabbi Sisenwines's Rosh Hashanah Sermon, September 5, 2013
Check out Rabbi Sisenwine's recent writing featured in The Huffington Post