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Rabbi Susan Falk



Rabbi Susan Falk is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, receiving the title of Rabbi and Master of Hebrew Letters, as well as the Evelyn R. Mehlman Jewish Music Award for her extensive research in Medieval and 19th-century Jewish choral music. She is an experienced chaplain and worked as the Director of Jewish Hospice at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Philadelphia, and later served for 11 years as the rabbi of Congregation Kehilat Shalom in New Jersey.

Before rabbinical school, Rabbi Susan lived in New York City and worked for Women In Need as their Program Director of HIV/AIDS Education, developing and conducting staff trainings on HIV/AIDS and providing education and counseling to clients. It was during this time that she learned the program development, advocacy, and compassionate listening and counseling skills that have proven so useful to her as a rabbi.

Since returning to New York in 2018, Rabbi Susan has served as a cantorial soloist for West End Temple in Queens, as well as the Sabbatical Cantor for the Society for the Advancement of Judaism in Manhattan. She has also conducted Jewish meditation and chanting groups and adult education classes for several area synagogues. A passionate advocate for social and environmental justice, Rabbi Susan currently serves on the Faith Leaders Network of the New Sanctuary Coalition and the Rabbinic Council of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She has regularly participated in actions related to immigration, housing, healthcare, racial justice and other issues of civil rights. You can read about her 2019 trip to the US-Mexico border with fellow clergy here.

Rabbi Susan is an ongoing student with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and she maintains a mindfulness meditation practice. She continues to love and learn about all forms of Jewish music, from Klezmer to new liturgical compositions. She is thrilled to be the new rabbi of the Shul of New York where a culture of openness to new forms of worship, music, and community-building presents endless opportunities for growth and learning – both for members and for herself.

In her spare time, Rabbi Susan is an avid birder, loves to cook and to travel, and is writing a book on Haftarot. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Elisabeth, and their sweet and beautiful cat, Ginger.

You may make a donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund by clicking here.

Contact Rabbi Susan Falk

Please do not send sensitive personal information to this email address.  If you wish to privately discuss sensitive personal matters with the Rabbi, please use Rabbi Susan's Voicemail, below. 

Rabbi Susan's Direct Voicemail:  929-273-1209  Messages left for Rabbi Susan are forwarded directly her personal email bypassing the Shul’s Voicemail system. 

Shul Voicemail:  929-265-7485
Please do not leave sensitive personal information on this voicemail.  If you wish to privately discuss sensitive personal matters with the Rabbi, please use Rabbi Susan's direct phone number above. 

Rabbi Susan's Office Hours:

For weeks when Rabbi Susan leads Shabbat services:
Tuesday - Friday, and Sunday
Click to see schedule.

For weeks when Rabbi Susan does not lead Shabbat services:
Tuesday - Friday 

Mon, September 26 2022 1 Tishrei 5783