Rabbi Allison Poirier joined the Temple Beth Sholom community in July 2019, and is our first female rabbi. Rabbi Poirier brings to TBS great energy, creativity, and the ability to make immediate connections with people of all ages. She embraces TBS’s goal of continued growth through outreach and innovating programming.
Poirier, 28, has a dual undergraduate degree from Barnard College and the Albert A. List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary and received her Rabbinical Ordination and Master’s of Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Brookline. Before joining TBS, she served as Rabbinic Intern at Temple Israel in Sharon where — in addition to teaching in the religious school and advising the senior youth group — she created and coordinated Chevra, a group for young professionals that she grew from a small group of loosely affiliated individuals to a group of nearly 100 people who come together for Shabbat dinners, educational programs and holiday and social events. Her work with Chevra illustrates her unique ability to successfully engage millennials and to bring unaffiliated professionals into the orbit of Jewish life.
Poirier also taught Talmud, social justice, and Jewish studies to high-school students at Prozdor of Hebrew College in Newton. A native of Medfield, Mass., she is in the process of relocating to Framingham with her husband and young daughter and cannot wait to be a part of the Metrowest Jewish community, both at TBS and around town.