About Rabbi Sara Rae Perman - High Holidays 5780/2019


Rabbi Sara Rae Perman served as the Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El Israel in Greensburg, Pennsylvania from mid-July 1986 through June 2017. After retirement Rabbi Perman served Temple Beth Am in Monessen, PA on a monthly basis. Rabbi Perman also served as the Jewish chaplain at the State Correctional Institute at Greensburg for 28 years and then at SCI Fayette.


During her time in the Pittsburgh area, Rabbi Perman has been chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association. Rabbi Perman has also been President of the Great Lakes Ohio Valley Association of Reform Rabbis. Rabbi Perman served twice as the chair of the Greensburg Ministerium. She also has served two terms as head of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Pittsburgh and was most recently co-chair of the Pittsburgh Area Reform Clergy. From 1995 to 2009, Rabbi Perman taught educators for the Agency for Jewish Learning previously the Jewish Education Institute in Pittsburgh. Rabbi Perman has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Blackburn Center of Greensburg (previously the Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence). In addition, she is chair of the Steering Committee of Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and serves on the Board of the Advisory Committee as vice-chair. In the Spring of 2011, Rabbi Perman taught at Seton Hill University. Rabbi Perman is also co-chair of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition.


Previously, Rabbi Perman served as assistant Rabbi to Har Sinai Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland from 1983-1986 and as assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, New York from 1981-1983. During both of her assistantships, she was deeply involved with youth work groups and served as Rabbinic Advisor to MAFTY (Mid-Atlantic Federation of Temple Youth) and as Rabbinic Dean to CNYFTY (Central New York Federation of Temple Youth).






Before going to Spring Valley, Rabbi Perman was the Rabbinic Intern for two years at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C. While a rabbinic student at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (H.U.C.-J.I.R.) in New York, she was an outreach worker to Reform Jewish students at the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation of Rutgers University. Rabbi Perman also served as a Jewish Chaplain at Memorial Hospital, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.


A 1973 graduate of Goucher College, Rabbi Perman did graduate work at SUNY at Buffalo and was ordained by (H.U.C.-J.I.R.) in May, 1981. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2006 for “25 years of distinguished service to the Jewish people”.


Rabbi Perman is a frequent visitor to Israel and has studied for more than 13 years each summer in the Rabbinic Torah Seminar at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.


We are excited to welcome Rabbi Perman and her son, David, to Shanghai for High Holidays 5780/2019!