Rabbi Forman


About Rabbi Forman…

Joseph M. Forman is the Rabbi of Or Chadash, Flemington, NJ. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Joe received his Rabbinic Ordination in 1993 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where a year earlier he earned a Masters in Hebrew Letters. His Rabbinic Thesis was entitled: A Comparative and Analytical Investigation of Eugene B. Borowitz’s Covenant Theology and Alvin J. Reines’s Hylotheism. He is a 1987 graduate of Brandeis University.

Rabbi Forman has taught widely in his congregations and in the communities that he has served on the topic of contemporary theology and Judaism.   He has served several congregations including historic Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA, Temple Beth Shalom in Annapolis, MD, and Temple B’nai Brith in Kingston, PA.

Rabbi Forman is a Past President of both the New Jersey West Hudson Valley Association of Reform Rabbis (2015-17) and the Delaware Valley Association of Reform Rabbis. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis, the CCAR/UAHC Commission on Outreach and the Committee on Conversion for the CCAR.

In addition to his interest in helping people form meaningful ideas of God and creating welcoming congregations, Rabbi Forman spends much of his free time working on his 225 year old home in Hunterdon County. To compensate for his interests in food and wine, Joe is an avid road cyclist and practices yoga regularly.


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