December 7, 2015

Rabbi Emeritus Allen Juda

unnamedAllen Juda was the rabbi of Congregation Brith Sholom for 39 years (1975-2014). He was named rabbi emeritus in June 2014.

A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Rabbi Juda earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University and a B.H.L. (bachelor of Hebrew literature) from the Jewish Theological Seminary prior to entering rabbinical school. He earned an M.A. in rabbinics in 1973 and was ordained in 1975 by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Since arriving in Bethlehem, Rabbi Juda has been active in a wide variety of Jewish and general community activities. For 19 years, from 1986 – 2005, he was a regular contributor to the Spiritual Journeys religion column, first in the Bethlehem Globe Times and then in the Easton Express –Times. In June 2010, Rabbi Juda became one of the regular religion columnists for the The Morning Call. Rabbi Juda was involved in the founding of the Pastoral Care Department at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1976. He remains on the Professional Consultation Committees of the St. Luke’s University Hospital Network as well as the Lehigh Valley Hospital Network. Rabbi Juda served as the Jewish chaplain at Allentown State Hospital for over 30 years, until the facility closed in 2010. Rabbi Juda has served on the Day of Dialogue committee of the Institute for Jewish–Christian Understanding from 1996 to the present and is currently its chair.

In the Jewish community, Rabbi Juda was involved in organizing the Bethlehem United Jewish Appeal campaigns and following the creation of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Federation in their annual campaigns. He served for many years as the co-chair of the Beth Tikvah Nursing Home Committee and on the Education Committee of the Jewish Day School. Rabbi Juda was fundraising co-chair for the new mikvah that opened in 2006. He also has served twice as the president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and as the co-chair of the 2000 International Convention.

In 1995, Behrman House published Rabbi Juda’s “Leader’s Guide to It’s A Mitzvah!”

Rabbi Juda is married to the former Toby Keller and they have three children: Adam, Tamar and Aaron, who is married to the former Danielle Metson. Danielle and Aaron are the proud parents of Kayla Rose and Asher Eli.