Rabbi Bradd H. Boxman is the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland, Florida where he has served as Rabbi since 2009.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.
A member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Rabbi Boxman is committed to five particular areas of his rabbinate: 1) to be in touch with the needs and desires of his congregation; 2) to function as a teacher and exemplar of Torah; 3) to devote a significant amount of time to issues of social justice; 4) to communicate effectively with his congregation by speaking honestly and passionately about issues of Jewish and social concern; and 5) above all else, to serve as a mensch: a role model of ethical behavior, moral integrity and compassionate loving kindness.
Ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH in 1986, Rabbi Boxman served as Rabbi for the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation in Indianapolis, IN (1986-1990); the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (1990-1996); at the United Jewish Center (UJC) in Danbury, CT (1996-2003), and Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, MD (2003-2009).
In addition to his rabbinic service, Rabbi Boxman served as adjunct professor of Jewish History at Western Connecticut State University and as chaplain to a variety of groups, including hospitals and the armed forces. He has been an active member of the communities in which he has served, especially in interfaith activities, and he has published several articles in The American Rabbi.
Rabbi Boxman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages at Villanova University, and minored in Christian Studies. He entered Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and completed his rabbinical studies in Cincinnati while teaching at Wise Temple and Yavneh Day School. Rabbi Boxman’s student rabbi experience included two years at Temple Beth Shalom in Winter Haven, FL and he served as a civilian chaplain at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. Rabbi Boxman serves as the Co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition of Coral Springs and Parkland, and has done so since 2013.
Rabbi Boxman has been married to Linda for 37 years. They have three daughters, Ariel (35), Talia (31), and Ashira (25). Ariel was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2012 and now serves as the Rabbi/Educator at Temple Shalom in Naples, Florida. Talia is a registered nurse working in the ER of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Ashira is a first year rabbinic student at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.