Rabbi Bogosian Steps In at Temple Emanu-El; Succeeding Korinow

Rabbi Ilene Bogosian this summer was named interim rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill, temporarily succeeding Rabbi Ira Korinow, who retired in June after 36 years.

Bogosian is assisting with the search for a permanent successor. She has extensive experience guiding congregations through this process and will serve as both spiritual leader to the congregation and advisor to the search committee, according to a statement.

Bogosian started her professional life as a rehabilitation counselor, later becoming a psychiatric social worker and family therapist. In 1988, she decided to change career paths and follow a long-time interest in studying for the rabbinate. She enrolled at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained in 1992. She served as campus rabbi and Hillel director at Wellesley College for 10 years. In 2004, she was one of the pioneers recruited to pilot the Interim Clergy program for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Reform movement. Since that time, Bogosian has served as an interim rabbi at 12 congregations across the country.

Bogosian has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Simmons College, a Master of Education in counseling psychology from Northeastern University, Master of Arts in Judaic studies from Hebrew College and Master of Hebrew literature and a Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. She and her husband George have been married for 48 years and have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and a grandchild.

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