Rabbi Rosette Barron Haim joined The Temple-Tifereth Israel clergy in June of 1988.
Ordained in that same year by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Haim earned her Master in Hebrew Letters in 1985 and received her Doctorate of Divinity celebrating 25 years of service in 2013. She is currently the longest serving congregational rabbi in the Cleveland community.
Rabbi Haim is involved in the full spectrum of congregational life, including life cycle events and holiday celebrations, plus supervision of various affiliate groups including The Temple Family Connections, The Temple Women's Association, and TING (The Temple's Next Generation). The former Regional Outreach Director for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Northeast Lakes Council, Rabbi Haim maintains a commitment to generating a strong presence for interfaith families and guides individuals through the conversion process. Additionally, Rabbi Haim has organized the Adult B'nai Mitzvah biennially since 1996.
A past president of the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis, she currently serves as a member of several boards of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. Her interest in early childhood and senior living are reflected in her current commitments for Community Planning. Additionally, Rabbi Haim is on the Board of The Cleveland Jewish News. Her membership in various organizations is extensive and includes National Council of Jewish Women and Haddassah.
Beyond the Cleveland Jewish community, Rabbi Haim is a founding member of the Rabbinic Placement Committee Mentoring Program and a member of the Rabbinic Mentoring Institute of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She also serves on the CCAR Liturgy and Reform Jewish Practices Committee. Her publications include various articles on women's roles in Jewish life, biblical to modern, and a Sephardic commentary work to Song of Songs in Ladino.
A strong supporter of Israel, Rabbi Haim is a member of the AIPAC National Board and Cleveland Council; and Vice President of National Rabbinic Board of Israel Bonds; and active with the Friends of the Israel Defense Force. Since 2006, Rabbi Haim has led a congregational family trip to Israel every other year.
Beyond the Jewish community, Rabbi Haim is deeply committed to building caring bridges and shepherded The Temple's involvement in the Gay Games 2014 held in Cleveland. She leads interfaith seders for The AJC, and is a participant on many interfaith panels and gatherings. Of particular interest are the Turkish and Latino communities because of her Turkish family heritage and fluency with Ladino (a Spanish dialect spoken by Turkish Jews).
A product of the Reform Movement, Rabbi Haim was on the leadership staff of Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Camp, Wisconsin, and a participant in the Israel year abroad Machon Greenberg program 1981-82. She also served as program director for Brandeis Bardin Camp Alonim, California. During her educational years at HUC, Rabbi Haim served student pulpits in Snellville, GA; Hudson, OH and Seminole, OK; and was the HUC Youth Programmer from 1986-88.
Rabbi Haim was born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois, and attended University of Georgia, Columbus campus. Rosie and her husband, Marshall Barron, are the proud parents of Shira Barron, and reside in Beachwood, Ohio.