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Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D. Appointed Assistant Professor (Blended Track) at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi

Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and President’s Scholar at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought & Ethics (Blended Track) in Cincinnati, as of July 1, 2018. Dr. Sabath teaches in the areas of rabbinic texts, theology, modern Jewish thought, liturgy, and gender. 

Dr. Michael Marmur, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, stated, “Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., is in the first rank of Reform thinkers.  Her intellectual and scholarly prowess enriches the learning of our students and models excellence. To have her leading the team recruiting the brightest and best to our institution continues to be a great privilege.”  

Since joining HUC-JIR in 2013, Rabbi Sabath has overseen the growth of admissions to the largest classes in over a decade.  Her recruitment and admissions role, made possible by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, has been responsible for creating a new Cincinnati-based Office of Recruitment and Community Engagement.  

Previously, Dr. Sabath was a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, where she has also served as Vice President and Director of Rabbinic Leadership Programs. Concurrently, she taught for over a decade at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. She currently writes a regular column in the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel.

Ordained at HUC-JIR in New York in 1995, Rabbi Sabath earned a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she wrote her dissertation on the covenant theology of Eugene Borowitz. For nearly two decades, she has directed national and international leadership study programs for rabbis and lay leaders of all denominations at the Hartman Institute and previously at CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. She is a Wexner Foundation graduate alumna and served Congregation Shirat HaYam on Nantucket Island seasonally for twelve years.

The co-author of two books, Preparing Your Heart for the High Holidays and Striving Toward Virtue, Rabbi Sabath has published numerous articles on Jewish peoplehood, theology, Israel, and gender. She is currently engaged in editing an anthology of feminist Jewish thought along with Professor Rachel Adler of HUC-JIR’s Los Angeles campus.  She speaks throughout North America and Israel. A native of Minnesota, she is an alumna of URJ camp OSRUI, a former NFTY National Vice President, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before beginning her rabbinical training, she served as a program director at the San Francisco Hillel.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu