Dear members of Congregation Beth Shalom,

It was with deep sadness that I notified you of the death of our Rabbi Barb Moskow.

While she was with us for only a short time, she made a profound impact on our congregation, from her spirited organization of youth activities, her leadership of our services, to her advocacy for new prayer books for both regular and High Holiday worship. Her work with us was a continuation of her life of study, education and deep love for Judaism, which she shared with congregations throughout Northern Illinois and across the country through the Khallah Project. May her memory be both comfort and inspiration to us as we continue forward.

Come join us as we honor her memory and celebrate her life with a memorial service to be held at our congregational building on Sunday March 11, 2018 at 3:00. We are honored to have Rabbis Maralee Gordon, Margaret Frisch Klein, and Edward Friedman join us in saying prayers in her honor.

Robert Feldacker
President, Congregation Beth Shalom of DeKalb/Sycamore

Rabbi Barb Moskow is passionate about Jewish life and learning and enjoys developing innovative educational programs for seekers of all ages. As a rabbi, she is focused on teaching the basics of Jewish practice and worship to the novice as well as seeking out the unusual and lesser known teachings to enlighten more informed congregants. She loves to share ancient texts which may have a direct impact on modern dilemmas, thus enabling all to develop uniquely individual ethical and moral practices based on the wisdom of our tradition.

In addition to her part-time pulpit at Beth Shalom, Rabbi Barb is the Founder and Executive Director of The Kallah Project, a national non-profit providing generous grants, mentorship and logistical support as it partners with congregations to develop transformative Shabbat retreats.

A native of St. Louis, Rabbi Barb has served Conservative congregations in Kansas City, MO, Westport and Stamford, CT and Phoenix, AZ. In 2008, she was the founding rabbi of Congregation Merkaz Ha-Iyr (center of the City) a progressive, non-denominational Jewish community in Phoenix.

Rabbi Barb holds a BA in Religion and Sociology from Webster University, an MAED & MA from The American Jewish University (formerly UJ). She continued her rabbinic studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York and was ordained in 2002 by a Bet Din of rabbis representing the Reform, Conservative and Jewish Renewal Movements. Rabbi Barb is also an alumna of the prestigious Melton Senior Educators Program of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Prior to her transition to the field of Jewish Education, Rabbi Barb worked in the senior Jewish community of St. Louis, most notably directing week long camps for senior citizens at Camp Sabra in the Lake of the Ozarks while earning two degrees in Gerontology. Rabbi Barb is also a trained chaplain, having served a residency at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Ct and is a member of the national organization, Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.

In addition to authoring numerous articles, Rabbi Barb has led a myriad of workshops on formal, informal and family education and has served on the Board of the Conservative movement’s Jewish Educators Assembly. As a specialist in informal education, Rabbi Barb has led over three hundred Shabbat retreats and ten trips to Israel for youth, families and congregations.

When she’s not directly involved in Jewish activity, Rabbi Barb worships at the altar of baseball, devotedly following the World Famous St. Louis Cardinals, undoubtedly baseball’s finest team. She is also a lifelong collector of wind-up toys, numbering close to 5,000 pieces from around the world.

Please feel free to be in touch with Rabbi Barb with any needs, concerns or just for a cup of coffee.