Today is July 19, 2018 /

Rabbi Boraz

rabbiRabbi Ed Boraz was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where he studied under the tutelage of Meyer Anskey, the first of his major influences in Judaism. Thereafter, he became a Baal Koreh (a Torah Reader) during his teen years. During this period of his life, he became an observant Jew, studying for one year at the Hebrew Theological College, in Skokie, Illinois. After a year of study, Rabbi began his liberal arts studies at Loyola University of Chicago, where he majored in Psychology, graduating cum laude.

He then attended Loyola University School of Law in 1975 and received his J.D. in 1978. He practiced law for 10 years and remains licensed in the State of Illinois. Throughout this period, he continued as a Baal Koreh (Torah reader) at a liberal conservative congregation, even teaching its post Bar Mitzvah class for 15 years.

In 1988, Rabbi began his formal studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and was one of the first to be awarded the prestigious Wexner Fellowship. At HUC’s School of Rabbinics, Rabbi studied with Rabbi Ben Zion Wacholder, z’l, one of the great talmudists of his generation. Under Rabbi Wacholder’s supervision, Rabbi wrote Understanding the Talmud: A Modern Reader’s Guide for Study, which was published by Jason Aronson Press in 1996. After receiving his smichah (ordination), Rabbi continued his studies with Rabbi Wacholder, z’l, and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in 1998. Throughout this time, he served Congregation Bnai Tzedek, a traditional egalitarian community in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1998, Rabbi Boraz became our spiritual leader. His rabbinic approach is one of that appreciates the rich diversity of our traditions, ranging from traditional to reform. Most important is his deep desire to be of help to people in their own journey who want the Jewish faith to be a significant part of their life. He serves many communities under one roof, as the Rabbi for the Upper Valley Jewish Community, a full service and active synagogue, as well as serving as the Hillel Rabbi and the Rabbi for Dartmouth College. He is a highly experienced congregational leader whose inclusive approach to Jewish Community life makes him an ideal spiritual leader for our diverse congregation. Among his many strengths, members are encouraged to seek his rabbinic advice and solace in pastoral counseling.

The best way to get in touch with Rabbi is to schedule an appointment with him through his secretary Claudia at or (603) 646-0410. You can also contact him directly at or (603) 646-0361. In the event of an emergency, call his cell at (603) 448-8533 or his home office at (603) 653-0378.

If you, a friend or family member would enjoy, or need a visit from our Rabbi Boraz, please let us know. All inquires will be completely confidential.