Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., serves HUC-JIR as the National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics (blended track). She was also named President's Scholar in 2013. Prior to her HUC-JIR appointment, Rabbi Sabath served as Vice President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and for over a decade as a member of the Institute's faculty, and directed the Hartman Lay leadership, Rabbinic leadership, and Christian leadership programs. Ordained at the HUC-JIR nearly 20 years ago, Rabbi Sabath also earned a PhD in philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Sabath writes a monthly column in the Jerusalem Post and has co-authored two books and published numerous articles. Rabbi Sabath also teaches and mentors students of HUC-JIR and speaks throughout North America on leadership, Israel, gender, and theology. She is currently writing a book on the future of covenant for Jewish Peoplehood.
Rabbi Sabath is an alumna of the Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She has served on the faculties of the Wexner Foundation, CLAL - the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and the Skirball Center. For more than a decade she also served as the rabbi of Congregation Shirat HaYam on Nantucket Island. Raised in Minneapolis, Rabbi Sabath also lived in Israel for nearly 15 years and currently lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their three children.