Robert Nosanchuk

Senior Rabbi

Robert Nosanchuk is Senior Rabbi of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. He, his wife Joanie Berger and their two children moved to Shaker Heights in 2010, after his previous service as Senior Rabbi at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, VA and as Associate Rabbi at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Maryland. He has received master’s degrees in both Hebrew Literature (1999) and Jewish Communal Service (1994) at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and in Spring 2019, completed a Certificate in Counseling and Spiritual Wellness at John Carroll University. In May 2019, HUC-JIR bestowed on him an honorary doctorate in Jewish Non-Profit Management, honoring 25 years of his service in the field of Jewish communal leadership.

Since his ordination as rabbi in 2001, Rabbi Nosanchuk has identified these goals of his rabbinate. He seeks to: Be present for congregants as they experience joyous and challenging life passages; Enable diverse families, Jewish and interfaith, to find blessing and care in a welcoming synagogue; Lead worship that is joyful, inspiring, spiritual and meaningful to members’ lives; Deepen the Jewish experiences of our synagogue’s youth, enabling them to join adults in the chain of Jewish tradition, lifelong learning and communal involvement;  Guide community members to develop a meaningful relationship with the State of Israel and with Tikkun Olam in the world at large.

Yet Rabbi Nosanchuk does not see achieving these goals as a solitary path. Rather, his greatest fulfillment comes from meeting others on their path in Jewish life and working collaboratively to reach shared goals and visions. He carries this spirit of collaboration and dialogue into our synagogue programming, and in several volunteer commitments outside of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Rabbi Nosanchuk:

  • Is the immediate past co-chair of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), a non-partisan coalition of 40+ synagogues, churches, mosques & partner organizations working across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions strengthening the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
  • Holds a seat on the boards of NATAL: Israel’s Trauma and Resiliency Center, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice- Ohio region.
  • Annually teaches as one of the rabbinical deans of faculty at the Reform Jewish Movement’s national teen leadership training institute for NFTY – the North American Federation of Temple Youth. Indeed, he credits his own experiences as a teen leader in the Reform movement as inspiring him toward Jewish leadership.

Previous to his arrival at Anshe Chesed, Rabbi Nosanchuk was honored together with Imam Mohammed Magid as one of the 2009 Washingtonians of the Year in Washingtonian Magazine  and received a much-coveted Best of Reston award from the relief-organization Reston Interfaith (now Cornerstones) for his work in creating understanding and dialogue between the Jewish and Muslim communities.