Rabbi Rachel Kobrin of Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin, Texas, has been chosen to lead Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park. She will be assuming the position held by Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom since 1978. Rosenbloom will be retiring this June.
Kobrin will assume the Adath Jeshurun pulpit on Aug. 1.
The new rabbi — the first female religious leader for Adath Jeshurun — hails from Rochester, N.Y., and spent time growing up in London. She is an alum of Ithaca College and earned a degree in drama before moving to Israel. After living there for a number of years, she returned to the United States for a job with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at Swarthmore College and at Temple University.
She was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University in Los Angeles, where she is credited with helping to establish Minyan Malei Shirah, hailed as an innovative and energetic Shabbat service.
A Fellow for Clal Rabbis Without Borders, she is a co-author of God: Jewish Choices for Struggling with the Ultimate.