Introducing Rabbi Samuel Barth
Rabbi Samuel Barth is a scholar and devoted congregational rabbi, with a love of teaching at all levels and an abiding commitment to synagogue life as a primary focus of Jewish life and personal growth. He served for 10 years at the Park Slope Jewish Center (Brooklyn, NY) and more recently in Austin, TX and Gloucester, MA. Invitations to assist congregations facing transitions and other challenges became an entry point into the role of Interim Rabbi, serving in Rochester, NY; Portsmouth, NH, Miami, FL and Oklahoma City.
His research interests are in liturgy, prayer and halakhic literature - and especially in using a multi-disciplinary approach to understand and support the experience of community prayer. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the pluralistic Academy for Jewish Religion, serving also as Dean of Rabbinical/Cantorial studies, supporting the training and growth of the next generation(s) of rabbis and cantors.
Born in Israel, R' Sami Barth was raised in London initially studying mathematical physics at Sussex University. Rabbinic studies followed at Leo Baeck College in London and at several yeshivot in Jerusalem. He wrote a dissertation on "kavvanah" under the guidance of his mentor Rabbi Louis Jacobs, z"l.
Rabbi Barth is married to Karen, a strategic management consultant, and they have two children: Yishai (a college junior) and Miriam (a high school senior). Interests include karate, white water kayaking, British folk music, opera and travel.
He will be the Beth Israel Center Rabbi for the year beginning summer 2017.