Rabbi Jan Katz received her ordination from Hebrew Union College in New York City in May 2021. Her previous careers included 27 years as Director of Jewish Education Services of the Jewish Federation of Rochester, NY; Administration and Program Director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Study and Dialogue at Nazareth College; and Director of Judaic Faculty at Hillel Community Day School also in Rochester, NY. Her rabbinic internships included a summer chaplaincy at Strong Memorial Hospital, a year of pulpit service at Temple Sinai in Rochester, and editing and writing a study guide to a newly published book on the diverse paths to encountering God. Jan’s volunteer involvement in the last 20 years has centered on relationship-building, advocacy and support for the local Muslim community, for Sudanese refugees, for homeless families, and for the local food distribution network. She is presently the Editor of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Press, which publishes scriptures with commentary, prayer books, and books of contemporary Jewish interest (ethics, spirituality, environmentalism, diversity and inclusion, etc.) for the Reform Jewish Movement worldwide. Rabbi Jan is married to Rabbi Emeritus Alan Katz of Temple Sinai. in Rochester, NY. She is the mother of three grown children and 12 grandchildren.
Rabbi Katz is more than excited to share what she was privileged to learn at the rabbinic seminary and collaborate with TBI congregants, the Laconia community, and other New Hampshire clergy, and join the TBI mission of Tikkun Olam and acts of lovingkindness towards all.