Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin, Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin served for 30 years as the Rabbi of Beth Israel Congregation. On his retirement in June, 2018, he was named Rabbi Emeritus.

Rabbi Dobrusin received his B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and an M.A. and Rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In 2010, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from JTS. In 2015, Rabbi Dobrusin was named one of the 33 most inspiring rabbis in America by The Forward.

An accomplished writer, his essays and sermons have appeared in several anthologies and journals. He has recently published a book entitled The Long Way Around: Stories and Sermons from a Life’s Journey which is available on and at the synagogue office. You can read many sermons and articles on his webpage:

Rabbi Dobrusin is an active supporter of many different Jewish organizations and is a former co-chair for T’ruah: A Rabbinic Call For Human Rights. He is a founding member of the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County and has served on the board of directors for several other community agencies.

Born and raised in Boston, Rabbi Dobrusin is a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox. In addition to baseball and other sports, Rabbi Dobrusin loves to travel and to participate in his latest hobby: geocaching.

Rabbi Dobrusin and his wife, Ellen, have two adult children, Avi and Mickie. They also have a very sweet mixed breed rescue dog named Sami and two quiet, gentle cats: Ozzie and Spot.
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