Today is January 20, 2019 -
Rabbi Edelman-Blank is a native of Rhode Island. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. Following his graduation, he worked for several years in the not-for-profit field and psychiatry research. Rabbi Steve received his Master of Arts in Rabbinic Studies and his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University in Los Angeles, in 2009. While studying for the rabbinate he taught at several religious schools and was a chaplaincy intern at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly.
Before joining Temple Beth Torah, Rabbi Steve served as the Interim Rabbi and Hillel Director, Wellesley College. Prior to that, he was the Rabbi at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines, Iowa for eight years. While in Des Moines, he was a board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. He was also an adjunct instructor at Drake University in Des Moines, teaching an undergraduate course about Judaism.
Following the birth of their daughter, Rabbi Steve and his wife decided to return to the Northeast to be near family in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. His wife, Dr. Deborah Edelman-Blank, is a clinical psychologist.