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Associate Rabbi Jill Perlman

Rabbi Jill Perlman feels blessed to be part of the Temple Isaiah community sharing her love of Judaism with individuals and families of all ages. She grew up ‘down the street’ in Worcester, MA and attended Brandeis University, both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. After receiving her B.A. in English and American Literature and completing programs in Education and Women’s Studies, she went on to pursue a three-year joint-Master’s degree program in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Jewish Communal Service with a concentration in Jewish Education. Rabbi Perlman received a M.A. in Hebrew Literature in 2009 and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 2010, where she received several academic prizes and was the recipient of the Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship for transformational rabbis.

As a student rabbi, Rabbi Perlman served the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, NY; Temple Beth El of Chappaqua, NY, and Temple Tikvah of New Hyde Park, NY and completed extensive training in pastoral counseling at Massachusetts General Hospital. Rabbi Perlman has significant experience in youth work and family education – and loves working with folks of all ages. Before coming to Temple Isaiah, Rabbi Perlman consulted with Synagogue 3000 on best practices for reaching, exciting, and empowering our next generation of Jews.

Rabbi Jill Perlman currently serves as the President of BARR (Boston Area Reform Rabbis) and an is active member of the Public Policy Committee of the MBR (Massachusetts Board of Rabbis). She served as President of LICA (Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association) for three years. Rabbi Perlman is a Brickner Fellow, a fellowship designed to empower rabbis as social justice leaders. She is also an AJWS (American Jewish World Service) Rabbinic Fellow, which supports rabbis in effectively honing their voice and power to advocate for global human rights.

Rabbi Jill Perlman is passionate about bringing the eternal lessons of our tradition into our world: compassion, repair, and justice. She is also particularly passionate about the work of creating intimate communities here at Isaiah – places where we can all feel known, heard, and seen. In partnership with our leadership, she has launched an exciting engagement initiative here at Temple Isaiah known as Isaiah Together, which strives to connect our folks with others who want to study together, learn together, strive together, and have fun together.

Rabbi Perlman lives in Waltham with her husband, Jeff, an attorney and their three children, Lev, Eli, and Maya.

Sat, May 30 2020 7 Sivan 5780