Rabbi Mark Zimmerman
Rabbi Mark Zimmerman has been an integral part of Congregation Beth Shalom since 1988, and the rabbinate has been an integral part of Rabbi Zimmerman’s family for at least 12 generations. Rabbi Zimmerman inspires our congregation with his passion for Judaism, for Israel, and for teaching and learning at Beth Shalom.
He has developed creative family and adult education programs and easily engages children and adults in synagogue life with a myriad of great programs. Under his leadership, we are treated to a variety of opportunities to connect with our Judaism and our community.
Rabbi Zimmerman earned a degree in sociology from the University of Florida before attending the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained and received his Masters Degree. He pursued his studies in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University at Mt Scopus and at Neve Schechter, the Seminary’s campus in Israel. He continually improves his professional knowledge through academic study, Jewish communal experiences and a commitment to lifelong learning and leadership.
Throughout his career he has distinguished himself in all aspects of rabbinic service, including the development of the website www.sidduraudio.com and www.haftorahaudio.com to make learning the Siddur and how to chant haftarot more accessible, and also by creating several innovative family and adult education programs.
Rabbi Zimmerman is a past president of the Southeast Region of the Rabbinical Assembly. He has also served as President of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, as well as on the board of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the Weber High School and the Epstein School. Rabbi Zimmerman is a member of AIPAC National Council, and has also served in several leadership capacities in the Atlanta interfaith community, and as chaplain of the City of Dunwoody and Alpharetta Police Departments.
Rabbi Zimmerman and his wife Linda have three children, Miryam, Ilana and Avi, and four grandchildren Gavriel, Elchanan, Ora and Georgia.