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.
Rabbi Maltzman retired as Kol Shalom's rabbi in the summer of 2019. He was chosen to be Rabbi Emeritus by the synagogue board in the spring of 2019 and honored at a gala dinner in June 2019. He can be reached at: [email protected]