RABBI KENNETH BRICKMAN
Rabbi Kenneth Brickman was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rabbi Brickman is a graduate of Brandeis University, where he received his B.A. degree in Near East and Judaic Studies. He was ordained and received his M.A. in Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1982.
Following his ordination, Rabbi Brickman served as the Associate/Educational Director at the Larchmont Temple in Larchmont, New York, and then as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in New Rochelle, New York. In 1989, Rabbi Brickman became the spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El in Jersey City, New Jersey, where, besides serving his congregation, he was active in a number of organizations on a local, statewide and national level. Rabbi Brickman was the President of the New Jersey-West Hudson Valley Association of Reform Rabbis, and he also served on the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which is the national rabbinic body of the Reform Movement in America.
On May 3, 2007, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presented Rabbi Brickman with an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his ordination and in recognition of his years of service both to the Jewish faith and to his community.
Rabbi Brickman retired from Temple Beth-El in 2011 after having served the congregation for 22 years and was named Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation. As of July 1, 2011, he is serving as the spiritual leader of the Sandhills Jewish Congregation in Pinehurst.