In the winter of 2002 Kol Shalom elected its first rabbi, Jonathan Z. Maltzman who was installed in May of 2002. Rabbi Maltzman comes to Kol Shalom after having served as senior rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. His previous positions include serving as spiritual leader of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Jewish Community of Japan in Tokyo where for three years he was the only civilian rabbi in Japan. He also spent many years as a chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Rabbi Maltzman grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is the son of a Conservative rabbi. A product of Jewish day schools in Philadelphia, Rabbi Maltzman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Masters Degree and Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. In December 2007 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree (honoris causa) from the Seminary for distinguished service to the Conservative movement and the Jewish people.
Rabbi Maltzman is a former president of the Washington-Baltimore region of the Rabbinical Assembly. He served on the board of MAZON for many years and chaired MAZON's Jewish Leader's Council.
A MESSAGE FROM RABBI MALTZMAN: Some time ago an article entitled: "It Takes a Tribe" appeared in the special education section of the Sunday NY Times. The author David Berreby described the process by which students become truly and deeply a part of their college. He speaks of the ways by which new identities are forged; he says that students don't just attend a college; they join its tribes- all of which provides fascinating clues to a fundamental aspect of human nature: People, he reminds us, need to belong, to feel a part of "us." We will even give our lives for a group we feel a part of....While many creatures live in groups, humanity's are unlike anything else found in nature." Kol Shalom is no exception. Come check out OUR tribe!