Har Sinai Congregation’s Rabbi Emeritus Floyd Herman has received the Agus-Shehan Interfaith Leadership Award from the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council. The award recognizes the lives and work of individuals whose ministries bring together people from different religious traditions.
Herman served as the rabbi of Har Sinai Congregation from 1981 until his retirement in 2003, when he became rabbi emeritus. Following his retirement, Herman served as part-time rabbi for Sandhills Jewish Congregation in Pinehurst, N.C., and Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University in Maryland for more than 20 years and continues to teach in continuing education programs at colleges and universities in Baltimore.
Herman has always been active in the local and national community. He continues to be active in promoting low- and moderate-income housing development and is a member of the board of trustees of Stadium Place, a housing community on the site of the old Memorial Stadium. He has been active in the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies since its founding. In addition, he is a tour guide at Oriole Park at Camden Yard.
Herman has served as chairman of the Baltimore chapter of the American Jewish Committee, a member of the board of directors and the Executive Committee of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and chairman of The Associated’s Committee on Identity and Affiliation. He is a past president of Jewish Family Services (now Jewish Community Services), and a past president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. He is a graduate of the prestigious Leadership program of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
Herman is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and served on its executive board. He has chaired a number of committees. He is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the CCAR and the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. He has been a member of the board of trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism and served several national commissions.
He was ordained at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.