Rabbi Howard Tilman was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in May 2014, where he received the Eliezer Slomovic Award in Talmud. He has been a member of the clergy team at the Jacksonville Jewish Center since July, 2014, where he works in a variety of roles supervising Shabbat and Holiday programming, teen educational programming, Israel advocacy, and many other rabbinic areas. He teaches regularly to students of all ages focusing on literary and critical perspectives of rabbinic texts and their modern applications. For his Capstone Project in rabbinical school, he analyzed the similarities between the Talmud and social media as well as their educational potentials.
In the Jacksonville community, Rabbi Tilman has become a leader among the clergy of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, and its push for an expanded Human Rights Ordinance in Jacksonville. He has spoken at City Council meetings and at events around the area in support of this cause.
Prior to the rabbinate, he graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2006, and spent three years working as a producer for Sporting News Radio alongside the likes of Troy Aikman, Tony Bruno and Tim Brando. While a student at Northwestern, Rabbi Tilman was an announcer for the student radio station WNUR, calling Big Ten football, basketball and softball games, as well as a National Championship in Women’s Lacrosse. A passionate sports fan all his life, he will appear on an episode of Sports Jeopardy in August, 2016.
Rabbi Tilman has extensive experience working with youth of all ages in multiple synagogues, schools, and at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. He has also worked with college students in the greater Jacksonville area and served as a Scholar-in-Residence of the Tikkun Olam track of Alpha Epsilon Pi‘s international convention. He and his wife Naomi were married in December, 2015, and together enjoy baking, baseball, and The Big Bang Theory.
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