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

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RABBI FLOYD L. HERMAN - e-mail

Floyd L. Herman is the Rabbi Emeritus of Har Sinai Congregation. He served as its Rabbi from 1981 until his retirement in 2003. He now serves as part time rabbi of the Sandhills Jewish Congregation in Pinehurst, North Carolina and has also served temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, PR.

He has been very active in the local and national community. He is Chairman of Faith Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution. He has served as Chairman of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Chairman of the Associated's Committee on Identity and Affiliation. He is a Past President of Jewish Family Services, and a Past President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. He is a graduate of the prestigious Leadership program of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Rabbi Herman is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and served on its Executive Board. He has chaired its Nominating Committee and the Committee on Rabbinic Growth. He was a member of the CCAR UAHC Commission on Religious Living, and the Ethics Committee of the CCAR, and is a Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the CCAR. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Herman was the Jewish Chautauqua Lecturer at Loyola College in Baltimore from 1981 to 2004. He continues to teach in the continuing education programs at several Baltimore colleges and universities.

Prior to his tenure at Har Sinai Congregation, Rabbi Herman was the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El in Houston from 1966 to 1970. He was Rabbi of temple Emanuel in Davenport, Iowa from 1970 to 1973, where he served as Chairman of the Davenport Human Relations Commission. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the City of Davenport for his work in human relations.

In 1973, Rabbi Herman became the first rabbi of temple Chai in Long Grove, Illinois, a position he held for eight years.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1937, Rabbi Herman was educated in the public schools there. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and received his B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati in l959. He was ordained Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1964. Upon his ordination, Rabbi Herman entered the United States Air Force as a Chaplain. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by HUC-JIR in 1989.

Rabbi Herman has published articles in Alternatives in Jewish Education and The American Rabbi and many liturgical works for his Congregations, including a Children's Haggadah, a complete High Holyday Service, a Rededication Service for the 150th Anniversary of Har Sinai Congregation, and a Dedication Service for Har Sinai Congregationís new building in Owings Mills.

A resident of Pikesville, Rabbi Herman is married to the former Barbara Stricker of Cincinnati. They have two children and two grandchildren.

   
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