Rabbi Eric Abbott, Johns Hopkins
Rabbi Eric L. Abbott is the new Senior Jewish Educator at Johns Hopkins Hillel, and a newly ordained Reform rabbi from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)
Rabbi Eric grew up at Temple Sinai in Cranston, RI and later graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Judaic Studies. In college, he led Reform services at UMass Hillel, marched in the band, worked as a Resident Assistant, joined Alpha Phi Omega, and traveled to Israel twice. Between college and HUC-JIR, Rabbi Eric worked at his home synagogue and at a rock climbing gym. During his studies at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Eric has participated in a variety of work and learning opportunities, including running the adventure course at URJ Eisner Camp; offering pastoral care as a chaplain intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering; fighting for social justice with T'ruah; co-leading the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen; and serving as a rabbinic intern at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA and at Larchmont Temple in Larchmont, NY. Moreover, he earned his M.A. in Religious Education from HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Eric believes that Judaism can change lives and better the world. He hopes to lift up many voices to create a shared vision for Hopkins Hillel, the Baltimore community, and beyond. He's excited to partner with students in discovering new ways to be and do Jewish.
In his spare time, Rabbi Eric enjoys playing board games, rock climbing, running, and spending time with his beautiful wife, Rabbi Eliana Fischel.