Rabbi Jan Salzman is a vibrant presence in any setting, whether leading services or lifecycle rituals, teaching, telling a story or engaged in chaplaincy and pastoral work. She received her rabbinic education and ordination, in January 2010, through Aleph, which is the rabbinic seminary of Jewish Renewal. She has also studied at Hebrew College, Spertus College, and Dartmouth College. With her strong voice and upbeat spirit, she has the ability to open and deepen for individuals and communities their nascent or fully emerged Jewish identities.
She has served as the director of the B’nai Mitzvah program at Dartmouth College’s Upper Valley Jewish Community, where she worked, through a family-based program that she created, to improve the learning and engagement of the B’nai Mitzva students and their parents. For 30 years, she has served the Jewish community through High Holiday services, a Rosh Chodesh group, private tutoring, educational experiences, spiritual direction counseling, and a passionate commitment to re-engaging the affiliated and unaffiliated Jew.
Jan is ordained as a Mashpia Ruchanit/Spiritual Director, following a 3 year training program with Aleph. She was awarded a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois, a BA from Beloit College, and has been a certified organic farmer; she has run a number of businesses, which included food catering and an independent landscaping business.
She is married, with two grown [amazing] sons, and has lived in the central Vermont area since 1978.
Jewish Renewal is a movement of people engaged in creating contemporary models of Jewish expression that speak to both intellect and heart, in forms which embrace the full inclusion of women in scholarship and leadership, and which facilitate the deep healing of our relationships with each other and the earth. It developed on American soil, encompasses the full range of the observational spectrum, and has served as a way to re-ignite Jewish practice and identity worldwide.
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal http://www.aleph.org