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Rabbi Erica Asch has not followed a traditional path to becoming a rabbi. The daughter of a mixed marriage – her father is not Jewish – she grew up as one of a handful of Jewish kids in the Navy town of Coronado, California. Being part such a small minority intensified her sense of Jewish identity, which she cultivated further as a student at Oberlin College. After graduation, she joined Teach For America and taught high school math in the Mississippi Delta, where she discovered her life’s vocation — she realized that she wanted to spend her life teaching Judaism rather than algebra.
She enrolled at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and served pulpits in Greenville, Mississippi, and Ishpeming, Michigan (which has proven good winter training for her rabbinic life in Maine). She was part of the AJWS Rabbinical Student Delegation to El Salvador in 2006 and served as a student representative on the Commission on Social Action of the Union for Reform Judaism. She received her rabbinic ordination in 2008 and then took a position as a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the first rabbi to do so directly out of rabbinical school. After three years with IAF, she served as an assistant rabbi at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C., before moving to Augusta in June 2013.
Rabbi Asch wants to encourage people to develop and explore their spiritual lives so that they, too, can discover their own connections to God and the religious traditions of Judaism. She sees herself not only as a teacher but a lifelong student of Judaism.
She lives in Hallowell with her husband, Chris Myers Asch, and their children, Miriam (8), Robin (6), and Aaron (4).
Rabbi Asch works with Bowdion Hillel students regularly. She hold Reppin’ with the Rabbi, monthly lunch chats on topics of Jewish interest and attends special events and holiday celebrations throughout the year. Rabbi Asch also advises the board on a regular basis and helps create programming. She is available for meetings with individual students. She is always happy to talk with Bowdoin students (or prospective students). You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi for High Holiday Services
Internationally known, Rabbi Maslin has a long and distinguished career, having served in the congregational rabbinate for 40 years. He served both the oldest congregation in the Western Hemisphere (Mikve Israel-Emanuel of Curacao) and the oldest congregation in Illinois (K.A.M. of Chicago).
In 1980, he was elected the sixth Senior Rabbi of Keneseth Israel, the oldest Reform congregation in greater Philadelphia and the largest Jewish congregation in Pennsylvania. He now serves as Rabbi Emeritus.
Rabbi Maslin is the author of three books on religious subjects and scores of articles, which have appeared in both Jewish and secular journals. He was elected in 1995 to a two-year term as President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform), the largest rabbinic body in the world, and he has served as president as well as positions in several communal organizations during his career.
He holds degrees from Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Chicago Theological Seminary.
He retired from the active rabbinate in 1997, and he now devotes his time to writing, lecturing, traveling, and boating along the coast of Maine. He is a summer resident of Harpswell.