Rabbi Barukh Schectman has been the Rabbi for Congregation Adath Israel since 2016 and is a valued member of our community. Rabbi Schectman brings with him stability, poise, maturity and knowledge. Both scholarly and personable, he tries to meet all who attend services and those who bring their children for a Jewish education.
In addition to his spiritual responsibilities, Rabbi Schectman provides counseling support to congregants, oversees our educational programs, and brings a wealth of spiritual and educational experience to Adath Israel. He is also a leader in community activities, participating in the Interfaith Council in Newtown and with the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut.
For the previous sixteen years, Rabbi Schectman was Rabbi at Congregation Tephereth Israel in New Britain, CT as well as a substitute and remedial Hebrew teacher at Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford. He also served as Rabbi at Congregation Beth Ahm, in Windsor, CT where he was the principal and a teacher in their religious school.
Rabbi Schectman’s experience goes beyond the synagogue. He was the full-time Jewish Chaplain for the Connecticut Department of Corrections from 1998 to 2013.
Rabbi Schectman attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he was ordained.