Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Steve Glazer

Rabbi Steven Glazer, known to the congregation as "Rabbi Steve," was the spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Emeth for 18 years and a pulpit rabbi for 43 years before retiring at the end of June, 2013. At Beth Emeth, he did much more than simply fulfill his role as a rabbi by leading services, teaching classes, and officiating at lifecycle events; he was, and remains, a dear friend to the entire community.

Rabbi Steve is not sitting quietly in retirement, but has established Glazer Consulting, which serves as a resource to individuals, caregivers, and health-care professionals dealing with issues related to aging, illness, dementia and end-of-life. He currently serves on the CNS (Central Neuroscience) IRB (Institutional Review Board for Human Use) at NIH, the bioethics faculty of USUHS (The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) School of Medicine, the Ethics Committee of Inova Fairfax Hospital, and The Maryland State Advisory Council for Quality Care at the End of Life. Recently, Rabbi Steve has also been invited to join the WRAIR (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) IRB, as well as a new Pilot IRB at NIH. His website is www.glazerconsulting.com.

Meet Rabbi Glazer

Rabbi Steven M. Glazer ("Rabbi Steve" to all who know him) received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1970. His first pulpit was Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon, Pennsylvania. From 1977-1993, he served as Rabbi at Temple Beth-El, Birmingham, Alabama; and, from 1993-95 he served as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel of North Jersey. Rabbi Glazer then came to Congregation Beth Emeth in 1995.

In more than 40 years in the rabbinate, Rabbi Steve developed a number of creative programs that have enhanced synagogue attendance and participation, helped raise $2 million for a capital campaign, and involved many teens in summer camping at Camp Ramah in New England.

Among Rabbi Steve's academic interests are Jewish Ethics, which he continues to teach at George Washington University. He has been a doctoral fellow at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pa., where he focused on issues surrounding death and dying; a fellow at The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY; a fellow in the Post Graduate Seminar in Family Emotional Process, Washington, DC. He also served as a member of the IRB (Institutional Review Board for Human Use) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for twelve years.

A gifted teacher, Rabbi Steve has also taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, George Mason and Baltimore Hebrew Universities, and the Smithsonian Institution's Resident Associates Program. He has also served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and served on the Board of Overseers of the Seminary's Rabbinical School.

Rabbi Glazer received a B.S. in Psychology from Columbia University (1965), a B.H.L. (Bachelor of Hebrew Literature) in Talmud and a M.H.L. (Master of Hebrew Literature) from the Jewish Theological Seminary (1966, 1968), and a D.H.L. (Doctor of Hebrew Letters) from Hebrew Union College (1993). In 1996, he was awarded an honorary D. D. (Doctor of Divinity) degree from the Seminary for his many years of dedicated service to the Jewish community.


Rabbi Steve can be reached at [email protected].


Glazer Consulting: Website for Glazer Consulting (see above).

Glazer's Gleanings: Blog on issues surrounding caring for an aging family member, through a Jewish perspective.

Videos - "Rabbi Steve's Shorts": Short videos on Jewish subjects, recorded during Rabbi Steve's time at Beth Emeth.

Farewell Weekend: As a testament to Beth Emeth's appreciation of Rabbi Steve and Andrea Glazer's 18 years with the congregation, a Farewell Weekend was held June 14-16, 2013. The weekend was full of celebration and merriment that can be seen here in photos, videos of skits & songs, videos of chorale performance, coffee table book with many more photos, sermon by long-time member Lois Jacobs, article in the Washington Jewish Week, and a blog article by "Florida Keys Girl".

Rabbi Steve and Andrea Glazer Eldercare Assistance Fund: During the Farewell Weekend this new fund was established to help senior members and parents of members of Beth Emeth with expenses.