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Rabbi Jonathan Waxman


Jonathan Waxman has been the rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom since the fall of 2010.

Rabbi Waxman has 39 years of total experience as a Rabbi, 25 years in New Jersey and eight on Long Island.

Rabbi Waxman was the rabbi at conservative congregation Beth-El in Massapequa for eight years and comes from a long line of rabbis. His father was the late Rabbi Mordecai Waxman, who served at Temple Israel in Great Neck for more than 50 years and is considered "one of the most respected scholars and renown leaders the Conservative Jewish movement has ever produced".

At B'nai Sholom in New Jersey, he initiated many new programs like interactive Talmud and Bible study and discussed Jewish history in-depth at his monthly "Bagels with the Rabbi." He is also known for his culinary skills, hosting a regular program called "Gourmet Shabbat with Chef Waxman."

He began as a political science major at Brandeis University, but ultimately went to the Jewish Theological Seminary to pursue a doctorate in Jewish history, hoping to stay in academia. After his ordination in 1977, he was hired as the spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Sholom in New Jersey and decided to stay working as a rabbi rather than returning to his studies.

Rabbi Waxman has been published internationally and many of his sermons have been selected for Torah Fax, a rabbinic community publication. He also helped open the Shore Hebrew High School and is a regular presenter at inter-congregational lectures.


Rabbi Emeritus Eliott T. Spar
Mon, July 15 2024 9 Tammuz 5784