Speaker: Rabbi Jan Salzman

Song at the Sea: a Celebration of Freedom

In the Jewish cycle of reading Torah, this week we arrive at the moment when the Israelites cross the Sea of Reeds and begin their new journey towards becoming a nation. This week’s Sabbath is also known as “Shabbat Shira/the Sabbath of Song” and therefore we’ll talk about freedom, song, and what it takes to create a society that is formed through sacred covenant.

Rabbi Jan Salzman was ordained in 2010 by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. In 2016, she created Ruach haMaqom, the first Jewish Renewal congregation in Vermont. Previously, she served 6 years as the Assistant Rabbi and Cantor at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, Vermont. She was blessed to have been a student of Reb Zalman. Rabbi Jan serves in the capacity of President of OHALAH, an international professional Association of Renewal Rabbis, Cantors and Rabbinic Pastors. She is on the board of Living Tree Alliance located in Moretown, VT. Rabbi Jan has lived in Vermont for over 40 years, is married to her “rebbitzmon”, Loredo Sola, and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

Tragedy and Revenge

How is it that we can dismantle the impulse for revenge? Why is that important to do?  Rabbi Jan will share insights from the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic commentary as to the Jewish perspective on revenge.

In 2016, Rabbi Jan Salzman began Ruach haMaqom, a non-affiliated synagogue located in the heart of the Old North End in Burlington.  She was ordained in 2010 by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, where  she was blessed to have been a student of Reb Zalman. Rabbi Jan serves  on the Board of OHALAH, an international professional  Association of Renewal Rabbis, Cantors and Rabbinic Pastors. She is on the board of Living Tree Alliance located in Moretown Vt, which is an ecologically oriented community that offers co-housing, farming, and educational opportunities. Rabbi Jan has lived in Vermont for over 35 years, is married to her “Rebbitzmon”,  Loredo Sola, and has two grown children and a two grandchildren.