Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D. is a scholar, Jewish institutional leader, published author, spiritual leader, strategic consultant and sought-after speaker.
Most recently Rabbi Sabath led a four-campus team to achieve the goals of a five-year strategic plan as the National Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC). In 2013 she was also appointed President’s Scholar and most recently was appointed Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics. Rabbi Sabath has taught courses on liturgy, modern Jewish thought, gender, and theology as an adjunct member of the faculty at HUC for over 16 years teaching on the New York, Jerusalem and Cincinnati campuses.
Prior to her recent national role at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Sabath served as Vice President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and for over a decade as a member of the Institute’s faculty, while directing the Hartman
Lay leadership, Rabbinic leadership, and Christian leadership programs for North American leaders. She served as a scholar and presenter on the founding team of the iEngage project and also directed programs for foundation leaders and programs on pluralism and Jewish identity for senior officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Ordained in New York in 1995, Rabbi Sabath also earned a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary and also studied at Columbia University, New York University, Drisha and Pardes and the Union Theological Seminary.
For several years, Rabbi Sabath wrote a monthly column in the Jerusalem Post and has written regularly for The Times of Israel, The Huffington Post and other publications. Rachel co-authored two books and published numerous scholarly articles as well as pieces in key Jewish thought publications including “Radically Free and Radically Claimed” in Jewish Theology in Our Time. Rabbi Sabath teaches and mentors Jewish leaders of several generations and is a sought-after speaker throughout North America and Israel on leadership, Israel, gender, and theology. Rabbi Sabath serves on the editorial board of the CCAR Journal of Reform Judaism and as a consulting editor for the new multi-denominational journal, Zeramim: An Online Journal of Applied Jewish Thought.
Rabbi Sabath is an alumna of the prestigious Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship and was selected to join the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She has served on the faculties of the Wexner Foundation, CLAL, and the Skirball Center and as adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati. For more than a decade she served as the rabbi of Congregation Shirat HaYam on Nantucket Island.