Clergy And Staff Bios

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Rabbi Benjamin Sharff

Rabbi Floyd L. Herman, Emeritus

Director of Congregational Learning Jo-Ellen Unger.

Director of Formal and Informal Education Melanie Waxman

Cantor Robert Gerber

Rabbi Benjamin Sharff e-mail

Rabbi Sharff came to Har Sinai Congregation from Temple Emanu-El in Tuscon, Arizona. He began serving as Har Sinai Congregationís senior rabbi in 2010. Rabbi Sharff has a lifetime background in the Rabbinate. The son of a Reform Rabbi, he lived in Virginia Beach, VA and Baton Rouge, LA before the family settled in Houston, Texas, where he grew up.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Rabbi Sharff received his Rabbinic Ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2004.

While at Har Sinai Congregation, Rabbi Sharff has brought a sense of energy and excitement to HSCís Congregational life. This included the introduction of Shabbat Rocks!, a Shabbat service which is aided by Chai Jinx, HSC's own in-house rock band.

Rabbi Sharff has coordinated and taught adult and youth education programs and communal outreach programs; has engaged in interfaith activities and discussions; and has participated in the larger Baltimore Jewish community. Rabbi Sharff is also a member of the Baltimore Board of Rabbiís executive committee and a board member of BARJE-CO, BEIT-RJís Reform High Schoolís governing body.

Rabbi Sharff is a strong advocate for Israel. He has led a congregational trip to Israel and is involved with Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), AIPAC and, most recently, the Rabbinic Cabinet.

Additionally, Rabbi Sharff conducts both traditional and creative worship services and ministers to the Congregantsí spiritual, personal and religious needs. In keeping with the tradition established at Har Sinai Congregation by David Einhorn, Rabbi Sharff has a particular passion for taking on topical issues and issues of conscience.

Rabbi Sharff is married to Dr. Joy Sharff. The couple has three children, Emily, Noah and Alex. Both Rabbi Sharff and his wife are accomplished musicians; he plays rhythm guitar, and she plays the clarinet, and both are members of HSC's in-house rock band: Chai Jinx.

Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, At the corner of Greenspring and Walnut Avenues. Maryland 2905 Walnut Avenue Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
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