Today is July 23rd, 2017 -
Rabbi Waldorf started at Temple Sinai in 1974, teaching torah, in synagogue services, in adult education, and in the religious school. He was ordained on the Cincinnati Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1964. For four years he was an Army Chaplain including three years in Frankfurt, Germany. He was an assistant to Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn at Temple Israel of Boston, and served at Reform congregations in Winchester and Staunton, Virginia, and Kokomo, Indiana. He came to Temple Sinai, looking for a smaller congregation where he could really get to know the congregants on an individual basis; and it would be very hard to find one member or even the occasional visitor to the synagogue who could honestly say that Rabbi Waldorf didn’t make the effort to get to know them. Rabbi Waldorf retired in 2004, but he is still engaged in the Sinai community as Rabbi Emeritus. (Read a brief history of Rabbi Waldorf’s tenure written at the time of his retirement.)
While his contributions to Temple Sinai have been numerous, Rabbi Waldorf has also made an impact in the community at large. He has served as president of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis and of the North East Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis; chairman of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and of the CCAR Chaplaincy Committee; convener of the Brookline Clergy Association; and a panelist on the WBZ-TV A Show of Faith. He has also served on the executive committees at the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. He is currently president of the Association of Jewish Chaplains of the Armed Forces of the United States, an association of active, reserve and retired chaplains who mobilize support for the military chaplaincy.
Rabbi Waldorf has been married for more than 50 years to the former Beth Ruttenberg. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. In 1989, the Rabbi received an honorary doctorate in divinity from his alma mater, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Contact Rabbi Waldorf via email.