Rabbi Jerry Seidler has been with Adat Chaim since September 2013. He graduated from Rabbinical College in 2002 where he was an Eisenstein Scholar. Having served congregations in rural Vermont and Amherst, New York, Rabbi Seidler came to Baltimore in 2008 to become Jewish Staff Chaplain of LifeBridge Health. He maintains a vital interfaith, multi-cultural health care chaplaincy practice at Sinai and Northwest Hospitals.
An energetic and inspiring prayer leader, speaker and teacher, and, a compassionate and sensitive counselor, Rabbi Seidler welcomes one and all into the Adat Chaim community, and to participate in our renaissance. He is available for personal and family matters including life cycle events (weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, baby namings, conversions, and funerals), as well as for individual
counseling and spiritual guidance.
Rabbi Seidler received a B.A. in political science from the University ofPennsylvania and a graduate of the United States Army Military Police, Judge Advocate General’s and Chaplaincy schools, and is board certified as a Clinical Chaplain by the College of
Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. He underwent pastoral care training at Abington Memorial Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
He serves on the board of the Institute for Spirituality and Medicine in Baltimore, and was Chaplain to the Maryland Disaster Medical Assistance Team for several years. Following the 9/11 disaster, Rabbi Seidler pulled shifts as a critical incident stress management chaplain detailed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Before going to rabbinical school, Rabbi Seidler served in the active duty army as a military police platoon leader and a judge advocate prosecutor. He then engaged in the private practice of law as a litigation attorney with firms in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Rabbi Seidler teaches classes with the Baltimore Board of Rabbis Adult Education in spiritual character development, theology, private and group praxis, and the psychological dimensions of chassidism and kabbalah. He is also a member of the J Street Rabbinic Cabinet and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. Rabbi Seidler’s wife, Kathy Bress, is also a fully recovered lawyer who teaches English at Pikesville High School. They reside in the Mount Washington section of Baltimore.