senior Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman
Alvin & June Perlman Senior Rabbinic Chair

Our longevity as an institution in this city gives us a certain insight that,
no matter the tide of history, our sanctuary remains a place of solace and faith.

– Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman

Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman has been the senior rabbi of Temple Israel since 2001 and she holds the Alvin & June Perlman Senior Rabbinic Chair. She is the first female rabbi at Temple Israel and the first female rabbi to serve a congregation of Temple's size as a senior rabbi; one of the ten largest synagogues in the country. She also served as assistant and associate rabbi at Temple Israel after her arrival in July 1988. Rabbi Zimmerman was recently named one of the top 50 most influential Rabbis of 2012 by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Rabbi Zimmerman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

Rabbi Zimmerman works passionately to heal individuals and our community within a Jewish context; to advance women’s issues; and to support individuals and families as they experience end of life issues. With compassion and wisdom, she cares for more than 5,000 congregants who are part of the Temple community. In addition to her pastoral work, Rabbi Zimmerman proudly continues Temple’s illustrious history of building bridges across the interfaith community and promoting the health and welfare of the city of Minneapolis.

Rabbi Zimmerman is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and the current president of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association. She is active in interfaith relations, serving on the Program Committee for the Phillips Jewish Christian Learning Center at the University of St. Thomas and on the National Outreach Commission for Reform Judaism.

Through the project “Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness,” Rabbi Zimmerman and the Downtown Clergy Association are involved in “Heading Home Minnesota” under the auspices of the Minneapolis Foundation. Rabbi Zimmerman is immediate past chair of the Downtown Clergy Association and was a Board member of the Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi Foundation for Children.

A founding member of the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights, she received its Faith and Freedom Circle of Honor Award, and continues to serve as an Honorary Board Member. On the Board of Governors of "11 Who Care," Rabbi Zimmerman helped select annual award recipients “to recognize the contributions of grassroots volunteers and to promote the spirit of volunteerism in our community.”

In 2004, Rabbi Zimmerman completed our sanctuary restoration campaign and recently spearheaded Temple Israel’s Project TIER evaluation of Temple’s education programs as well as guiding the implementation of the recommended changes.

Rabbi Zimmerman is married to Minnesota State Representative Frank Hornstein and has three children; Rebecca, Naomi and Max.

Rabbi Zimmerman's 25th Anniversary Celebration

>> Click here to view photos from the celebratory evening.

>> Click here to view the video of the Shabbat service.


Sermons by Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman

2012/5773 High Holy Days Sermons
>> Rosh HaShanah
>> Yom Kippur

2010/5771 High Holy Days Sermons
>> Erev Rosh Hashanah
>> Erev Yom Kippur

2010 Sermons
>> Erev Shabbat Sermon - June 11, 2010 / 30 Sivan 5770

2009/5770 High Holy Days Sermons
>> Erev Rosh Hashanah
>> Erev Yom Kippur

2009 Sermons
>> All Are Responsible – One for the Other

2008/5769 High Holy Days Sermons
>> Erev Rosh Hashanah
>> Erev Yom Kippur

2007/5768 High Holy Days Sermons
>> Erev Rosh HaShanah
>> Erev Yom Kippur