Robert Nosanchuk is Senior Rabbi of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. He, his wife Joanie Berger and their two children moved to Shaker Heights in 2010, after his previous service as Senior Rabbi at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, VA and as Associate Rabbi at Balitmore Hebrew Congregation in Maryland. He brings a collaborative and multi-faceted approach to leading our synagogue, having received master’s degrees in both: Hebrew Literature (1999) and Jewish Communal Service (1994) at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.
Since his ordination as rabbi in 2001, Rabbi Nosanchuk has identified these goals of his rabbinate. He seeks to: Be present for congregants as they experience joyous and challenging life passages; Enable diverse families, Jewish and interfaith, to find blessing and care in a welcoming synagogue; Lead worship that is joyful, inspiring, spiritual and meaningful to members’ lives; Deepen the Jewish experiences of our synagogue’s youth, enabling them to join adults in the chain of Jewish tradition, lifelong learning and communal involvement; Guide community members to develop a meaningful relationship with the State of Israel and with our task of Tikkun Olam in the world at large.
Yet Rabbi Nosanchuk does not see achieving these goals as a solitary path. Rather, his greatest fulfillment comes from meeting others on their path in Jewish life and working collaboratively to reach shared goals and visions. He has carried this spirit of collaboration and dialogue to numerous settings including:
- The steps of Cleveland City Hall where he spoke at a Press Conference alongside Cleveland’s Mayor and the Chief of Police in support of universal background checks on gun purchases
- The Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department where has served as a visiting lecturer to classes where diplomats prepare to engage faith communities in dialogue
- The State of Israel and the Palestinian Territories: in 2011 and 2012 he has joined and led interfaith groups of ministers and/or imams to the middle east to reflect on sacred sites of each tradition and to learn from institutions devoted to social change.
- Greater Cleveland Congregations: He is proud to partner with rabbinical colleague Rabbi Joshua Caruso and numerous other faith leaders of GCC, speaking and/or hosting GCC assemblies focusing on improvement of education, food accessibility, health care, jobs & criminal justice.
Rabbi Nosanchuk is a board members of NATAL: Israel’s Training Center for Victims of Terror and Wars. Vice-Chair of the Reform Movement’s Joint Commission on Lifelong Jewish Learning, he credits his own experiences as a teen leader in the Reform movement as inspiring him toward Jewish leadership, and continues to serve annually as visiting faculty at our movement’s URJ Camps. In his rabbinate, he is most proud of the initiatives he has led to change teen engagement programs and continued learning after B’nai Mitzvah, including the Tamid program at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, and the Hineni program at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Here in Cleveland, he co-chaired Out of Many, One: An Interfaith Remembrance of the 10thAnniversary of September 11.
Previous to his arrival at Anshe Chesed in 2009, Rabbi Nosanchuk was honored together with Imam Mohammed Magid as one of the 2009 Washingtonians of the Year in Washingtonian Magazine and received a much-coveted Best of Reston award from the relief-organization Reston Interfaith for his work in creating understanding and dialogue between the Jewish and Muslim communities.
- Click here to Read Rabbi Nosanchuk’s blog from an interfaith trip to Israel, 2010
- Click Here for Plain Dealer column about the Greater Cleveland Congregations, co-authored by Rabbi Nosanchuk
- Leading the fight for increased gun control article and video of Rabbi Nosanchuk from Cleveland Anti-Gun Rally press conference
- Click here for Plain Dealer column about discussing reproductive rights with respect
- Rabbi Nosanchuk’s Rosh Hashanah sermon (5773), Ready to Be a Rav Ba-Yisrael