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Rabbi Francine Green Roston

Rabbi Francine Green Roston

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Rabbi Francine's Bio

Francine Roston moved to the Flathead Valley in the summer of 2014. She left a full-time congregational rabbinate in order to create a life in Montana that was more balanced. Along with her husband and two children, Francine enjoys gathering with the Jewish community as well as hiking, kayaking, fishing and volunteering in the community.

During her rabbinate, Francine served in three New Jersey congregations and learned a great deal about community-building, working with lay leadership and remaining resilient in the face of the many ups and downs of rabbinical life. In 2005, she broke the “stained glass ceiling” when she was hired by Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ. Click here to see article. Francine became the first woman in the Conservative rabbinate to serve a congregation larger than 500 member units. During her tenure at Beth El, Francine helped the congregation expand its professional staff, create an innovative, experiential Hebrew school, and re-envision the Shabbat worship experience focusing on new ways to engage congregants in prayer, study, culture and spirituality.

Previously she served six years as the solo rabbi of Congregation Beth Tikvah in New Milford, New Jersey. Francine received rabbinic ordination in 1998 from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. From 2011-2013, Francine was an adjunct professor at the JTSA in practical rabbinics and mentored senior rabbinical students preparing for ordination.

Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Francine graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Before she attended the Jewish Theological Seminary she worked as the Novice Men’s and Women’s Coach for the Carnegie-Mellon Crew Team in Pittsburgh, PA.

During her Seminary years, Francine took a year to live in Chicago and work as a hospital chaplain at EHS Christ Hospital and Medical Center. She was a resident in their Clinical Pastoral Education program and earned full certification as a hospital chaplain. While at the Seminary in New York, she worked as the Synagogue Administrator for the Seminary’s synagogues and interned with the American Jewish Committee.

Throughout her rabbinate, Francine has been involved in the Conservative movement as well as Jewish, interfaith and humanitarian organizations. She has advocated for equality for women and marriage equality in New Jersey. Click here to see article. She served on the JTS Rabbinical School Board of Overseers, Chancellor Eisen’s Rabbinic Cabinet, the Rabbinical Assembly’s Executive Board, the RA’s Task Force on Women in the Rabbinate, the national UJC Rabbinic Cabinet, and she was a participant in the Clergy Leadership Training Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Francine regularly volunteers for Habitat for Humanity wherever she lives. In Newark, NJ she helped to organize and build an Abraham House. In Kalispell, she organizes the Jewish community’s monthly volunteer crew. Francine also supports local interfaith, human rights group Love Lives Here and speaks out whenever hatred or violence threatens the community. Click here to see article.