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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Rabbi Joel Zaiman


Rabbi Zaiman was ordained at Jewish Theological Seminary in 1962, where he also received an MHL. He came to Chizuk Amuno Congregation in 1980 after serving as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, R.I., for eleven years. He has published articles in various journals and contributed chapters to books co-authored by Professor Jacob Neusner. Among the many organizations Rabbi Zaiman chaired and co-chaired are United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education, Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies, and the Baltimore Jewish Council. Most recently, Rabbi Zaiman received a Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa from St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

During his tenure, Rabbi Zaiman emphasized the importance of learning, thereby earning Chizuk Amuno the title of the Education Synagogue. He helped to found Krieger Schechter Day School in 1981. In 1996, Chizuk Amuno established the Stulman Center for Adult Learning. In 1997, the congregation introduced the first Florence Melton Adult Mini-School to be located at a synagogue. In his commitment to quality learning for all ages, Rabbi Zaiman brought a full time rabbi to Chizuk to direct the religious school and create a rich, diverse program for teens.

A dedicated scholar, Rabbi Zaiman is passionate about learning and teaching Torah. He has devoted his professional life to sharing the beauty and wisdom that come from study and viewing life through a Jewish lens.