Two new rabbis have Tidewater roots

by | Jun 17, 2024 | Latest News, Mazel Tov

Rabbi Madeline Torop Budman and Rabbi Aaron David Torop Budman were ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on Saturday, June 1. The ordination took place at the historic Plum Street Temple, a 158-year-
old landmark in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A Norfolk native, Rabbi Madeline Budman was a Bat Mitzvah, Confirmed, and married at Ohef Sholom Temple, where she is a fourth- generation member and served as president of OSTY – Ohef Sholom Temple Youth. 

Among her positions while in rabbinic school, Rabbi Budman was the student rabbi at Temple Israel in Marion, Ohio; an education fellow at Shelanu: Cincinnati Jewish Community High School; chair of the Student Ministrations Committee; a Rabbinical Intern at Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati; and a Nachshon Project Graduate Fellow.

She will serve as Rabbi Educator at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, Calif.

Rabbi Aaron Torop, a native of Australia, calls the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. area home, but since he, too, was married at Ohef Sholom, he’s grown connected to Tidewater.

During his time at HUC-JIR, he served as the student rabbi at Temple Shalom in Lafayette, La.; as a Rabbinical Intern at Wise Temple in Cincinnati; and as president of Cincinnati’s Rabbinical Student Association. Rabbi Torop is also a Nachshon Project Graduate Fellow.

He will serve as an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, Calif.