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Rabbi David Wolfman

Lay/Clergy Relations and Transitions Specialist at Union for Reform Judaism

Lexington, MA, US


Rabbi David Wolfman is a Lay Leader-Clergy Relationships / Transition Specialist for the Union Rabbis. Rabbi Wolfman is also the Director of the North American Commission on Rabbinic-Congregation Relations (NCRCR) which is a joint commission of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The Commission works with rabbis and lay leadership in congregations to help support, nurture and sustain healthy rabbi/congregational relations and offers help in conciliation when needed. Rabbi Wolfman is a certified mediator and studied during his sabbatical at the Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation.

Before the Union's restructuring in June of 2009, Rabbi Wolfman served as the Regional Director of the Union's Northeast Council, comprised of 87 congregations in New England and New York where he served on the Executive Committees of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and the Boston Commission on Jewish Continuity, a partnership of the religious movements and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston's Federation.

Rabbi Wolfman is an advocate for young adult programming. For well over a decade he has led the Boston Area Young Adult High Holy Days Services, currently held at Boston University, which attracts hundreds of young adults to the innovative and interactive High Holy Days worship. He often speaks at events for the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federations of North America and has served as scholar in residence for Federations, synagogues and for the Leo Baeck College in the UK, Europe's Premier Centre for Progressive Jewish Learning.

Rabbi Wolfman is an adjunct faculty member at Gann Academy, the New Jewish High School of Greater Boston and teaches high school in the synagogue where he and his family are members. Before serving the Reform Movement, Rabbi Wolfman served as rabbi for Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT and Associate Rabbi for Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA.

Rabbi Wolfman received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Religion from Boston University and also attended the One-Year Program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He attended rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati where he served as President of the Rabbinic Students Association. After receiving his Masters of Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR, he continued his studies and was ordained rabbi in 1987.

Rabbi Wolfman lives in Lexington, MA with his wife. They have three daughters.