Rabbi Jack Moline
Welcome! I am Rabbi Jack Moline. I have been the rabbi at Agudas Achim Congregation since 1987. Before that, I served congregations in Danbury, CT, and, as a student, in Jerusalem and Northridge, CA. I was ordained in 1982 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, attending campuses in Los Angeles and Jerusalem.
Before entering JTS, I graduated from Northwestern University and served as Director of Youth Activities for Seaboard Region of United Synagogue and interim director of the Hillel Foundation at the University of Virginia.
This page introduces me, so it contains far too much information about my escapades. More important than where I have been is where we are going. Together, we at Agudas Achim have revitalized Conservative Judaism in Northern Virginia, as evidenced by the ever-increasing number of members attending Shabbat services and twice-daily minyan, keeping kosher homes, involving themselves in the good works of the Jewish and general communities and studying the texts and contexts of Jewish life. Our neighborhood has a renewed Jewish presence, thanks to the numbers of people who have made it a point to live near the shul. As alumni of the original Synagogue 2000 cohort, we apply the lessons we learned every day. My dream of being part of a caring and committed Jewish community is being realized every day.
I have been privileged to assume leadership roles in my capacity as rabbi. Currently, I am the chair of the board of The Interfaith Alliance, a national advocacy organization, and vice-president of the regional Rabbinical Assembly. I serve on the national board of the Faith and Politics Institute, as well as the honorary board of Operation Understanding DC. I have served as President of the Washington Board of Rabbis and the Alexandria Interfaith Association and on the boards of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. I have also previously served on the boards of the Rabbinical Assembly, the regional American Jewish Congress and Gesher Jewish Day School. I have been active in interfaith groups, ongoing dialogues with African American ministers and social justice causes at home and abroad. Of course, Israel is also a high priority item in both my professional and my personal life. All of these activities influence my leadership of and participation in the congregation.
I am the author of two books, “Growing Up Jewish,” a book of humor, and “Jewish Leadership and Heroism,” a sourcebook published by United Synagogue Youth. Before becoming a rabbi, I had jobs driving a delivery truck, working as a clown in a family restaurant and giving tours at Universal Studios in California (where I actually gave Hebrew tours to visiting Israelis!). I am a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs and remain convinced that all contemporary rock and roll exists in the shadow of the Beatles.
The role that makes me proudest by far is that of husband and father. I look forward to hearing from you, through the synagogue office (703.998.6460) or at my e-mail address,
Kol tuv (all the best).