Senior Rabbi Lance Sussman

Rabbi Sussman - Photo by Patrick Snook

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Rabbi Sussman began his service as the eighth Senior Rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in July 2001. A renowned author and dynamic lecturer, Rabbi Sussman has published numerous books and articles, including Isaac Lesser and the Making of American Judaism, and Sharing Sacred Moments (a collection of his sermons), and served as an editor of Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook.

Rabbi Sussman sets the tone and standard for an environment of genuine community and life-long learning at KI. Knowledgeable and approachable, he always brings a new and fresh perspective to the congregation. He is a rabbinic leader of many strengths evidenced by his scholarly sermons, his caring presence during times of joy and sorrow, his open and honest dialogue with members of the congregation and the community and his obvious love of sharing Judaism with children and adults alike. Rabbi Sussman is the creator of the KI Puppets and loves playing the role of Torah Turtle at Tot Shabbat. 

Rabbi Sussman is President of the Association for Progressive Judaism, a Reform think tank and past national Chair of the CCAR Press, the publishing arm of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.. He is a Trustee of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the American Jewish Historical Society and is an active member of the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the American Jewish Archives (Cincinnati). He is a past president of the Cheltenham Area Multifaith Council and the Delaware Valley Association of Reform Rabbis. Previously, Rabbi Sussman served as Chair of Jewish Studies Department at Binghamton University-SUNY and has offered courses in Jewish History at Hebrew Union College in New York City, Rutgers University, Temple University and Princeton University. Currently offers undergraduate courses in Jewish History at Princeton and Temple University on a rotating basis as well as online graduate instruction for Gratz College. 

Rabbi Sussman and his wife, Liz, Director of the KI Preschool and founder of KI's Shir Joy Choir, share the joy of raising their children Benjamin & Kelly, Joshua, Micah, Judah and Chana. The Sussmans have two grandchildren, Sophie and Charlotte.


Rabbi Sussman offers a variety of illustrated lectures, click here for more information.

Read, "The Brandeis confirmation a century later," by Rabbi Lance Sussman and KI Archivist Paul Finkelman.

Watch Rabbi Sussman's SCRJ Symposium from 2013.

Watch "Jewish Life in 2030." Rabbi Lance Sussman and Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher address the challenges in sustaining a sense of Jewish community in the next 20 years. Moderated by executive director Rabbi Kerry Olitzky.

Read about Rabbi Sussman's Principles of Judaism here.

Read Rabbi Sussman's book, Beyond the Catskills: Jewish Life in Binghamton, New York 1850-1975.

Read Rabbi Sussman's piece, "Transcending An 'Artless Tradition,'" from Reform Judaism Magazine. 

Read The Emergence of a Jewish Community in Richmond Indiana by Lance J. Sussman.

Read Rabbi Sussman's piece, "Declaration of Interdependence." 

Read "In Our Midst" by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman and Mary Rose.

Read Rabbi Sussman's "From Battle to Metaphor: The Meaning of Waterloo in Modern Jewish History."

Read, "Online Synagogue Archives: The Future of American Judaism's Past."

Read, "100 Years After WWI, Its Effect on Reform Judaism is Still Felt."