Washington Board of Rabbis

The Washington Board of Rabbis (WBR) promotes Rabbinic growth, development and chevrashaft through ongoing opportunities for study, sharing, and connection. The WBR promotes collaborative programming and open communication throughout the rabbinic community.

The WBR represents most of the over 150 rabbis in the Greater Washington DC region. Our members include educators, chaplains, non-profit professionals, pulpit clergy, life cycle officiants, and online bloggers. Our rabbis identify as (in alphabetical order) Conservative, Humanist, Modern Orthodox, Open Orthodox, Orthodox, Reconstructing, Reform, and Renewal.

WBR is a fiscally sponsored project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC). The views expressed by WBR are its own and do not necessarily reflect the views of JCRC or any other organization.


Leadership Team

The WBR team consists of volunteers who are invested in the continuing education, fellowship, and spiritual activism of the Greater Washington rabbinic community.

Fresh ideas and suggestions for programming are always encouraged, and each year, new team leaders are welcomed.

Please feel free to reach out to any of the officers with your questions or comments.

Rabbi Gilah Langner President

Rabbi Mitch Berkowitz Immediate Past President

Rabbi Neil Tow Treasurer

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At Large Members

  • Rabbi Uri Topolosky
  • Rabbi Mike Werbow
  • Rabbah Arlene Berger
  • Maharat Ruth Friedman
  • Rabbi Corey Helfand
  • Rabbi Evan Krame

Jewish Community Organizations Liaisons

  • Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky (JCRC)
  • Rabbi Rachel Hersh (JSSA)
  • Rabbi Sarah Tasman (Federation)

Past Presidents

  • Rabbi A. Nathan Abramowitz
  • Rabbi Mendel Abrams
  • Rabbi Marvin Bash
  • Rabbi Joseph Brandriss
  • Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
  • Rabbi Sheldon Elster
  • Rabbi Joshua Haberman
  • Rabbi Martin Halpern
  • Rabbi Gregory Harris
  • Rabbi Doug Heifetz
  • Rabbi David Kaye
  • Rabbi Jonah Layman
  • Rabbi Eugene Lipman
  • Rabbi Jack A. Luxemburg
  • Rabbi Jack Moline
  • Rabbi Tzvi Porath
  • Rabbi Stanley Rabinowitz
  • Rabbi Fred N. Reiner
  • Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer
  • Rabbi Samuel Scolnic
  • Rabbi Susan Shankman
  • Rabbi Matthew Simon
  • Rabbi Warren Stone
  • Rabbi Sam Volkman
  • Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt
  • Rabbi Lewis A. Weintraub
  • Rabbi Baht Yameen Weiss
  • Rabbi Jeffery Wohlberg