After serving for 23 years, Rabbi Berlin retired as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Oheb Shalom in 1999 to become our Rabbi Emeritus. A native of Canada where he grew up in Montreal and Toronto, he studied Honors Philosophy at the University of Toronto and was graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA Degree. He continued with Rabbinical Studies at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion from which he obtained degrees: BHL (Bachelor of Hebrew Letters), MAHL (Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature), Rabbinical Ordination and DD (Doctor of Divinity – honoris causa).
Prior to his arrival in Baltimore, Rabbi Berlin led congregations in Roanoke, VA and in Allentown, PA. He was formerly Jewish Chaplain at the VA Hospital in Salem, VA. Since his retirement, Rabbi Berlin has accepted invitations to serve as the Rabbi-in-Residence at Washington Hebrew Congregation in DC; as Interim Senior Rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, GA; as an annual part time Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, PR; as Acting Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Mid-Atlantic Council and as its Interim Director of the Great Lakes Council Chicago Federation.
Currently, he and his wife, Norma Brass Berlin, reside in St. Michaels, MD, They are the parents of a son and a daughter, both of whom are married. The Berlins delight in their four grandchildren.
Rabbi Berlin has been an active academic having lectured at many colleges and universities. For twenty years, he was the Jewish Chautauqua Society Lecturer at Goucher College as well as at the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s University and Seminary for ten years.
He has been engaged in a wide array of national and local interests involving the State of Israel, the Rabbinate, the Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Relations, Holocaust Activities, Interfaith and Interracial Relations, Health and Mental Health, Youth, Boy Scouts, URJ Camps, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently an active member of B’nai Israel Synagogue in Easton, MD, and is involved with Talbot Clergy and Laity (TACL).
His personal interests include a love of classical music, opera, antiques, crafts, skating and professional ice hockey.