Stephen L. Sniderman has been the rabbi of B'er Chayim Congregation since January 2003. He previously served in Champaign, IL, Sharon, PA and Rockford, IL
Rabbi Sniderman was born in Toronto, Canada. He did his undergraduate studies at York University, Toronto, majoring in history. He was a graduate student in European history at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore when he decided he wanted to be a rabbi. He studied at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and in Cincinnati and was ordained in 1975. He then did further graduate study in Jewish history.
Rabbi Sniderman had taught Jewish history at the Cornell University Summer School and at the University of Illinois. He taught the Hebrew Bible course at the Shenango Campus of Pennsylvania State University for many years.
In three of the communities he has served, Rabbi Sniderman has been president of the clergy association. He has been involved in interfaith studies and discussions. He has been on the board of several community organizations and is a member of Rotary.
Rabbi Sniderman approaches his teaching (and preaching) about the Jewish people, their culture, their ideas and their beliefs from a historical perspectives. He tries to deal with the issues of the present with an informed sense of where we came from, thereby hopefully finding an approach to the Jewish future that has a grounding in our heritage.
Rabbi Sniderman collects books primarily about Jewish history and general European history. He is particularly interested in areas where cultures intersect and interact, with Jewish history being an example of this.
Rabbi Sniderman is married, has four sons, three dogs and one cat.
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