Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld
Rabbi Harry L. Rosenfeld became Rabbi of Congregation Albert on July 1, 2011. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and received a Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University in 1976. He received a Master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1980, was ordained in 1981, and received the Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa in 2006. He has also pursued course work in the Jewish Studies doctoral program at Spertus Institute of Judaica. After ordination he served as Assistant Rabbi in Memphis, Tennessee (1981-1984), Rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in Anchorage, Alaska (1984-2000), and Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, New York (2000-2011).
In Buffalo, Rabbi Rosenfeld expanded Temple Beth Zion’s outreach to its members as well as social justice programs in western New York including Mitzvah Day, becoming the first synagogue in the country to expand its Mitzvah Day partnership to include a church and two mosques. In addition, Rabbi Rosenfeld led liturgical change culminating in the adoption of Mishkan T’filah, the new prayer book of the Reform Movement. He was adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo and Canisius College and served on multiple boards and commissions including as President of the Buffalo Board of Rabbis.
In Alaska, in addition to his regular temple duties, Rabbi Rosenfeld traveled throughout the state working with the Jewish communities in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, and individuals in Bush Alaska. He served as an adjunct professor at Alaska Pacific University, and was a guest columnist for the Anchorage Daily News. Rabbi Rosenfeld was also active in the Anchorage Human Services community and served on the board of Catholic Social Services and as president of United Way. He was honored by the Alaska State Legislature in 1994 for his community work against racism and again in 2000 for his 16 years of service to the people of Alaska. He served on the board of the Interfaith Council of Anchorage, which named their annual interfaith service award in his honor.
Rabbi Rosenfeld enjoys salmon fishing, riding his bike and reading science fiction. He is married to Michele L. Hope, an archeologist recently retired from the Federal government.
Cantor Barbara Finn
Cantor Barbara R. Finn began her position as cantor at Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July of 2004. Previously she served as primary soloist and music director of Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kansas from 1990-2004. She also taught elementary school music in the Olathe School District from 1979-2004. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin in Music Education and Voice with Minors in History, Yiddish Language and Literature, a Masters Degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in Educational Administration and Cantorial Certification and Investiture from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music. She also holds the prestigious title of R. J. E. Reform Jewish Educator.
Cantor Finn founded and coordinated the Kansas City Cantor’s Council from its inception until moving to Albuquerque. She is a founding member, and Past President of RACAA, the Rabbinical and Cantorial Association of Albuquerque.
Nationally, Cantor Finn is a member of the American Conference of Cantors where she has served as chair of the Membership relations committee and several convention committees. She is also a member of Zamir Choral Foundation, Music Educators National Conference and American Choral Directors Association. She participated as a Leadership Team Member of the Synagogue 2000 National Reform Cohort. She is a trained facilitator of Dr. Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Cantor Finn has led worship services at the American Conference of Cantors national convention on several occasions as well as at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and the Union for Reform Judaism’s Pacific Coast Regional Biennial. She has served on faculty for URJ Camps Newman and Goldman Union Camp Institute. She has led workshops as well as sung in the CAJE (Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education) Cantor’s Choir at National CAJE Conferences. She has been a concert soloist for community events in Kansas City and Albuquerque as well as for the national convention of the American Conference of Cantors.
Cantor Finn and her husband David, a Teacher of English at Volcano Vista High School, have a son, daughter, and son-in-law of whom they are very proud, and an amazing grandson.