Rabbinical Assembly Regional Kallah

For the Southeast Region

Rabbi Lawrence Troster - Rabbinic Scholar in Residence

Rabbi Troster is a nationally recognized religious-environmental scholar and leader. A co-founder of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program, through which he trained over 40 Fellows from around the country, he has also worked as the Rabbinic Fellow of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), an Adjunct Lecturer at the Jewish Theological Seminary, a Steinhardt Fellow at the Center for Life and Learning, a Program Officer at the Jewish Life Network, and as a rabbi of congregations in Toronto and New Jersey. He is on the editorial board of Conservative Judaism and he has published and lectured widely on theology, environmentalism, liturgy, bioethics, modern cosmology and Judaism. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Mark Waldman, National Director of Synagogue Initiative for AIPAC

Since 2005, Mark Waldman has been the National Director of Synagogue Initiative for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). As the director of this initiative, Mark is responsible for outreach to the synagogue community, and its clergy, with the goal of greater participation in pro-Israel political activism by synagogue members.

Prior to his work at AIPAC Mark worked for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) from 1998-2005. During his tenure at USCJ, Mark was the National Director of Public Policy (2004-2005) and the Executive Director of the Seaboard Region USCJ (MD, DC, VA, NC) based in Washington, DC (2001-2005). Prior to his arrival in Washington D.C, Mark was the Executive Director of the Empire Region USCJ (Upstate New York) from 1998-2001. As Executive Director of the Empire Region, Mark was also the Youth Director for Tzafon Region. Mark’s responsibilities at United Synagogue allowed him to work with hundreds of synagogues in the areas of leadership development, fundraising, professional placement, public policy advocacy, volunteerism and organizing.

Before working for USCJ, Mark held several positions in the Democratic Party, local and state government. Mark has been the Finance Director for the Erie County Democratic Committee, Chief of Staff to Erie County Legislator James C. DeMarco III, and Legislative Assistant for New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.

Mark has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s in Management with a concentration in Non-Profit from the University of Maryland.