Beth Israel Board – 2022

Abram Orlansky, President

Erick Bourassa, 1st Vice President

Greg Pollack, 2nd Vice President

Mark Johnson, Treasurer

Howard Katz, Comptroller

Sarah Thomas, Secretary

Michele Schipper, Past President

Marla Harbor, Trustee

Marcelo Ruvinsky, Trustee

Lisa Pence, Trustee

Zach Shemper, Trustee

Julia Levingston, Trustee

Ralph Daniel, Trustee

Rabbi Joseph Rosen

About Rabbi Rosen

Rabbi Rosen began at Beth Israel Congregation in July 2019. He is originally from Rochester, Minnesota, and has a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in business from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. His interest in psychology and passion for Judaism, combined with a desire to help others, led him to pursue a career in the rabbinate. Rabbi Rosen studied and was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). After the first year in Jerusalem, he spent his next four years at the historic Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR.

During rabbinical school, Rabbi Rosen served student pulpits at: Temple Beth El in Beckley, West Virginia; Congregation Mount Zion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Temple Beth-El in Jefferson City, Missouri. He also interned for Isaac M. Wise Temple and Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, teaching religious and Hebrew School primarily for Grades 6-8. Rabbi Rosen also worked with the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC), managing their summer college internship program, and assisting RAC-Ohio’s community organizing campaign.

Rabbi Rosen received both the Irwin Engleman Prize for leadership and the Robert L. Adler Prize for making valuable contributions to the HUC-JIR Cincinnati campus community. These reflected his leadership of both the student ministrations committee that oversees the student pulpit system and the committee that administrates student worship on campus.

For his rabbinical thesis, Rabbi Rosen researched rabbinic and medieval interpretations of the Cain and Abel Narrative in Genesis 4. He takes great interest in learning about relationships between people and God within the biblical text as well as issues surrounding repentance and self-improvement that are discussed within the interpretations. Rabbi Rosen began his education classes at Beth Israel teaching his thesis. From these initial classes, he has taken initiative to find new and exciting topics to foster sacred conversations.

Outside of the congregation, he seeks connections and avenues to make contributions to the greater Jackson community. Rabbi Rosen enjoys participating in discussions with other clergy and leaders as well as learning more about his new home in Mississippi.