Rabbi Eric Polokoff has served as B'nai Israel's rabbi since the 1997 merger created the congregation. In this capacity he provides leadership for our congregation.
Within the larger community Rabbi Polokoff currently sits on the National Commission of the Anti-Defamation League and its National Outreach and Interfaith Affairs Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut, serving as Connecticut's Interfaith Chair and formerly as Chair of the Confronting Anti-Semitism Project. He is active in many local and state-wide interfaith councils, including the Southbury Clergy Association. Rabbi Polokoff sits on the Board of Jewish Communities of Western CT - an organization in unique partnership with B'nai Israel, the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, the St. Mary's Hospital and Waterbury Hospital Ethics Committees, the Southbury Community Trust Fund, and is the Associate Jewish Chaplain of The Taft School. His writings appear in local and national publications, including The Orchard.
Rabbi Polokoff's rabbinical affiliations include: the Central Conference of American Rabbis; the New England Rabbis CCAR Region; the New Haven Board of Rabbis; the New Haven Area Reform Rabbis Council; and the Rabbinic Cabinet of United Jewish Communities.
Rabbi Polokoff received his Sacred Theology Master's from Yale Divinity School. His rabbinic ordination, Master's in Hebrew Literature and Doctor of Divinity are from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and his undergraduate degree is from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Earlier in his rabbinate, he was rabbi of Congregation B'nai Chaim of Southbury and an executive in New York at the Reform Movement's umbrella organization, now known as the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Polokoff lives in Southbury with his wife; he has two adult children.
RABBI POLOKOFF WILL BE ON SABBATICAL JANUARY 1 - FEBRUARY 29th, RETURNING TO SOUTHBURY ON MARCH 1st.
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