Juliana Karol Appointed Assistant Rabbi
Mar 06 , 2018/Category

Dear Rodeph Sholom Family,

We are delighted to announce that we have engaged Juliana Schnur Karol to become the Assistant Rabbi for our congregation, beginning July 1, 2018.

Many of you already know Juli, as she has been our Rabbinic Intern for the past three years. She has frequently led the Shabbat Chapel Service and Torah Study; has taught first, eleventh, and twelfth grades, Basic Judaism, the Family B’nai Mitzvah Program; and has impressed so many of us with her insightful sermons at High Holy Days and Erev Shabbat. Juli is smart, engaging, thoughtful, and a true collaborator. She will be a wonderful addition to our clergy team.

Juli Karol grew up in Scarsdale, NY and attended New York University, earning her B.A. summa cum laude in Spanish Literature and Jewish History in 2008 and her M.A. in Jewish History in 2011. Prior to beginning her rabbinic studies, she worked at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C.  She moved to New York City to become assistant to the president-elect of the URJ, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, and subsequently coordinator of strategic initiatives for the organization.

During her studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Juli earned prizes for Hebrew language and literature, community service, and academic achievement. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of several fellowships, including the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the Tisch Rabbinical Fellowship, and the American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellowship. Juli lives with her husband Adam, and their son Joshua, on the Upper East Side.

If you have not already met Juli, please feel free to stop by for coffee and a nosh on Wednesday, March 28, from 8:00-10:00 AM. She’d love to meet you!

Juli will be ordained as rabbi on Sunday, May 6, and will be formally elected as our Assistant Rabbi at the Annual Meeting on Monday, May 21. Please plan to attend to vote for and welcome her to the Congregation Rodeph Sholom family.


Rabbi Robert N. Levine         Martin Flumenbaum, President