interim Rabbi elliot salo schoenberg
Spiritual Leader of The Jewish Center
Rabbi Schoenberg has served as the Senior Vice President and Global Director of Rabbinic Career Advancement of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international professional association of Conservative rabbis, since 1991. He is responsible for the career development of rabbis in North America, South America, Israel and Europe. He serves as teacher, coach, counselor and confidante to rabbis around the world. He creates and directs programs for rabbis’ professional development and personal growth. He is the Conservative Movement’s expert on congregational dynamics. In this capacity, he created the interim rabbi platform that allows congregations to hire temporary rabbis while they continue to clarify their mission. He introduced the idea of “intentional transition” with his Eit Ratzon seminar held every June which has been attended by hundreds of lay leaders of synagogues. He combines his love of Torah with expertise in the literature of the business world, of organizational dynamics and of church organizations. His books Netivot: A Rabbinic Manual for Career Transition 2020 and Aliyah: A Congregation’s Rabbinic Search Guide 2018 are foundational texts for congregations doing searches and for rabbis seeking professional growth.
Rabbi Schoenberg received his B.A. degree from Brandies University. He was ordained a rabbi and received a Master’s Degree in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He studied philosophy and hasidism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is trained as a disaster chaplain by the Disaster Chaplaincy of New York and served as an on-call resource for New York City Department of Emergency Management. In 2009 he was the first rabbi certified by the National Career Development Association as a Certified Master Career Development Professional (MCDP). Rabbi Schoenberg served as the spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA and began his rabbinic career as the associate rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA.