Rabbi Jeffrey J. Sirkman

Rabbi Jeffrey J. Sirkman is the Senior Rabbi of Larchmont Temple, and has been privileged to serve the congregation for the past 25 years. At the core of his leadership, Covenant has remained the mission that gives meaning to Temple membership, as it does to Jewish life.

Connecting to congregants by celebrating the gifts each person brings, Rabbi Sirkman has aspired to foster a face-to-face faith– building sacred relationships one person at a time. Indeed, his partnership with Reverend Bill Crawford of Larchmont Avenue Church and Bishop Wayne Powell of Strait Gate Church, have built bridges of understanding, and fostered a dialogue that have connected our temple community to other faith communities celebrating the journey of faith we all share. Reverend Crawford and Rabbi Sirkman, having co-hosted a local cable TV breakfast table dialogue for 5 years, were awarded a National Cable Emmy for their program “Faith & Eggs.” Bishop Powell and Rabbi Sirkman have honored the memory and work of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an annual interfaith exchange that began 18 years ago, and has continued in Seder-seat outreach and teen trips to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

Reaching out to all—affirming that every person who seeks can find a place within the Jewish family, Rabbi Sirkman has helped nurture an active Outreach program at LT. Through a spectrum of learning opportunities, featuring the “Rabbi’s Fireside Chats” series, the congregation received the URJ Outreach Belin Award for addressing the questions and concerns of interfaith families.

Extending Torah’s teaching to the heart of our lives today, Rabbi Sirkman cherishes the gift of Torah learning with dozens every Shabbat morning at our temple’s Chevrah Torah table. Engaging adult learners through a spectrum of scholars and sacred teachers, he has helped to put Torah at the core of our lives.

Affirming the bond we share with Israel, and the importance of developing a relationship with the Jewish State, he has led hundreds of congregants and their extended families in hands-on, chock-full, inspirational visits to Israel.

Rabbi Sirkman has served as President of the Westchester Board of Rabbis and as the Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for URJ Eisner Camp Institute for over a decade. He has been a board member of the Westchester Jewish Conference, a member of the Admissions Committee of HUC-JIR, and is currently the Rabbi Stephen Wise Visiting Scholar at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion teaching 5th year rabbinic and cantorial students, a year-long course in professional development.

Jeffrey Sirkman was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1987, received his B.A. in Religion and his M.A. in Theology with a Certificate in Modern Jewish Thought from Boston University. In honor of his 25th year, Rabbi is receiving his Doctor of Divinity Degree from HUC-JIR.

He and his wife Susan, live in Larchmont, the proud parents of four wonderful children: Aaron, Alexander, Gabriel and Sophie.

Making the Minyan – Why Community Counts

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman Larchmont Temple   The call usually came just as we were sitting down for dinner. Living in our two family home with my grandparents right downstairs, frequently in Bobba’s kitchen. And when it came, my grandfather...

 

The Call to Bridge the Wall – Judaism in the Jewish State

The Call to Bridge the Wall – Judaism in the Jewish State

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman Larchmont Temple The very first picture my son Gabe sent last month from his Birthright trip, undoubtedly the first place they took the group of 40 was, of course, The Wall. But Gabe didn’t just send us a picture postcard...

 

Death as Inspiration

Death as Inspiration

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman, Larchmont Temple In shtetl days, and long before, when someone died, most often with generations gathered, [and seldom at what we’d call a ripe old age,] no matter the circumstances, they were never left alone. From...

 

God is Not One

God is Not One

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman Larchmont Temple   A rabbinic Monday morning, two weeks ago…Not the lo-key, late August morning I anticipated.Two encounters—one hour after the other, neither calendared, but both openly received, not alone for...