Rabbi Elaine Zecher

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Innovation in ritual and prayer, profound engagement in social action, leadership, scholarship, and a palpable love of Jewish life are hallmarks of Rabbi Elaine Zecher’s rabbinate. As the senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston, she leads the largest congregation in New England, forging close personal relationships within the congregation and the larger community.

Rabbi Zecher speaks passionately about social justice; she is a tireless worker in interfaith partnerships, and an advocate for progressive legislation and policy. She is noted as well for her personal warmth, deep humanity, quick wit, and humor. She is an engaging teacher who makes scholarship accessible and captivating.

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Committed to developing creative liturgy and prayer, she was instrumental in developing new prayer books for Shabbat and weekdays, as well as the Machzor, which is used on the High Holy Days. Active in the national Reform Jewish movement, she served as Vice President for Leadership of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).

Rabbi Zecher is a graduate of Brandeis University and she was ordained from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1988.  She is married to Dr. David Eisenberg and has three adult children.

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Rabbi Zecher Featured In The Jewish Women’s Archive’s “Women Rabbis” Collection

The Jewish Women’s Archive is celebrating the women who teach and guide us and has chosen a group of 25 trailblazing rabbis to highlight in the Women Rabbis collection on jwa.org“The overall narrative in Women Rabbis is one of extraordinary perseverance, leadership, and creativity.”


Rabbi Elaine Zecher – Creating Rituals


Rabbi Elaine Zecher – Passing the Torah


Rabbi Elaine Zecher – Responding to the AIDS Crisis


Rabi Elaine Zecher – Integrated Theology


Rabbi Elaine Zecher – The Birth Pangs of Faith