Our Clergy

  rabbi LIz P.G. Hirsch

Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York. Originally from the Boston area, Rabbi Liz was active in her Reform congregation, spending summers at the URJ Eisner Camp here in the Berkshires, and nearly every weekend with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). Rabbi Liz graduated from Brown University with a degree in Environmental Studies. Between college and rabbinical school, Rabbi Liz worked as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center, the Union for Reform Judaism’s office in Washington, D.C. In recognition of her academic and leadership achievements, Rabbi Liz was honored as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Tisch Fellow during rabbinical school. While at HUC-JIR, she served several congregations and organizations throughout the New York and Boston areas. Prior to serving Temple Anshe Amunim, Rabbi Liz was the rabbi and one of the directors at Eisner Camp.

Rabbi Liz enjoys playing guitar, yoga and meditation, and hiking all over the Berkshires. Rabbi Liz is married to Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch, who serves as one of the rabbis at Hevreh of Southern Berkshires. They live in Great Barrington with their one-year old son, Lior. Rabbi Liz is eager to meet members of the Temple community and beyond! 

Rabbi Liz can be reached by e-mail at rabbiliz@ansheamunim.org or by calling the Temple's office at (413) 442-5910

Check out Rabbi Liz's blog here!

  Rabbi emeritus Harold I. Salzmann, d.d.

Rabbi Emeritus Harold I. Salzmann has been a rock to our congregation, serving us and the Berkshire Jewish community for nearly 60 years.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Rabbi Salzmann received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Ohio University, and was ordained a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College's Cincinnati campus in 1950.

A veteran of the armed forces, Rabbi Salzmann served as an army chaplain during the Korean War. Rabbi Salzmann was engaged to serve Temple Anshe Amunim in 1954, and during his thirty year tenure as our Rabbi, the congregation constructed our current building on Broad Street in Pittsfield.

In 1975, Rabbi Salzmann was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Salzmann led the congregation until 1984, when upon his retirement was designated Rabbi Emeritus.

Always active in the local community, Rabbi Salzmann is a dedicated member of Pittsfield's Rotary Club, the Monday Evening Club, Phi Beta Kappa, and is a life member of the Society of Israel Philatelists. Most recently, Rabbi Salzmann served on a board established by the City of Pittsfield to restore the World War I Memorial on Colt Road, which was successfully completed in May 2010.

Rabbi Salzmann lives in Pittsfield with his wife, Audrey, and together they have two grown children and five grandchildren.

Rabbi Salzmann can be reached by calling the Temple office at (413) 442-5910, or by e-mail at templeoffice@ansheamunim.org