Max Edwards, Rabbinical Assistant
Currently entering his final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College in Newton, MA, Max will graduate with his rabbinic ordination and a master’s degree in Jewish education in June 2021.
Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Max graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Religious Studies and Classics before becoming a Midwest transplant to the East Coast. After college, his studies took him to Harvard Divinity School for a master’s degree in Theological Studies, the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, the Hadar Institute in New York, the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and finally Hebrew College in Newton, MA.
Along the way, he has worked at a number of different synagogues and organizations as an educator and rabbinic intern, most recently at Temple Shalom in Newton, MA, Beth Israel Synagogue in Waterville, Maine, and the Boston Workmen’s Circle. He has completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education, working as a hospital chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Over the past few months, Max has appreciated the opportunity to get to know leaders, lay and clergy alike, in the Temple B’nai Abraham community. Rabbi Vaisberg, Cantor Epstein, and Rabbi Dantowitz have been invaluable and gracious resources as he prepares to join the TBA team in early July. He is also grateful for his conversations with Gail Milchman, Jeff Klein, and Dr. Bruce Greene z’’l, who were instrumental in helping him gain a sense of TBA’s unique spirit and steadfastness, even as this pandemic was drawing near.
As the world continues to change rapidly before our eyes, Max is beyond grateful for the opportunity to join a community that has been, for over 100 years, consistently committed to the care, compassion, and concern for those near and far. To be a part of a community that both preaches and practices Jewish values of justice, desires and creates foundations for deep Jewish and Torah learning for all ages, and is committed to engaging in meaningful prayer practices in-person and online, fills him with an immense amount of gratitude, excitement, and hope.