Kol Emet Leadership
Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy
215-493-8522 ext. 101
Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy has served as the rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Kol
Emet since July 2014. She is a creative educator, service leader, and ritual maker, infusing
song and spirit into her services and teachings. She is at heart a congregational rabbi, and
is passionate about helping individuals and families find meaning and purpose during life's peaks
and valleys, and the quieter yet precious moments in between. Rabbi Anna places a high emphasis
on relationships based on trust and mutual respect. She is dedicated to the creation of healthy
and inclusive congregations where every voice can be heard.
Prior to coming to Kol Emet, Rabbi Anna served for six years as the rabbi and education director of Tzedek v'Shalom,
a Reconstructionist community also located in Bucks County. In the last six years, Rabbi
Anna has built important ties to larger Bucks County Jewish, interfaith, and faith-based groups.
She is an active member of the Newtown Ministerium, and has been a regular participant in the annual
Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service, as well as a guest preacher at local churches. She served
as the chair of the Bucks County Rabbis Council and worked with area rabbis to organize the first
interdenominational Introduction to Judaism class in Bucks County.
Rabbi Anna was raised in a family that consciously chose Judaism; through educating their
children and becoming involved in Jewish community, her mother made the decision
to convert to Judaism and her father decided to become a cantor as a second career.
As a result, Rabbi Anna is passionate about and sensitive to the inclusion of diverse
American cultural and religious backgrounds in synagogue life and Jewish lifecycle celebrations.
Rabbi Anna’s experiences in Israel were a foundational part of her decision to become a rabbi and
sparked a passion for social justice. Rabbi Anna has lived and studied in Israel on
four separate occasions, the first time as a 12 year-old when her father was beginning
cantorial school. While studying in Israel during rabbinical school she was an Aaron
Zeigelman Social Justice Fellow and interned for Bat Shalom, an Israeli feminist peace
organization. Rabbi Anna was part of the first American Jewish World Service rabbinical
student delegation to El Salvador 2004, where she learned first-hand the effects of
globalization on the local economy and rural poor families. An influential trip in her
rabbinate, she recently visited Immokalee, Florida to witness the living and working
conditions of migrant farmworkers. She is proud to serve as the Board co-chair of T'ruah
(formerly Rabbis for Human Rights - North America) and has served on its board since 2005.
Rabbi Anna is a 2006 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is a member of the
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and is a former board member of RENA: Reconstructionist
Educators of North America.
Rabbi Anna lives in Huntingdon Valley, PA with her husband Josh, an attorney, and their 2 year-old daughter Adar.
They are sources for much laughter, inspiration, and continued devotion to Jewish life.
215-493-8522 ext. 103
My first religious school experience was in an old, dark and moldy
building in New York City. We all sat, hands crossed, petrified
to share or speak, 2 hours a day, 5 afternoons a week. It was then
I thought to myself, there has got to be a better way! And so, 10
years later, when I chose my profession, I committed myself to improving
the plight of Jewish education for children. Since then it has
been a learning experience every year. Just when I think I've seen
it all, there is another issue or idea evolving.
Throughout the years, I have committed the school, and style of
teaching, to retain 4 very important values. The first is to treat
every child with dignity and respect. The second is to use every
moment in school as a teaching moment. The third is to combine fun,
creativity and hands on experience within our school. And the fourth
is to constantly listen to parents and students and adapt to meet
the needs of our community.
My education includes graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University.
I have also studied abroad at Tel Aviv University, and I attended
graduate school at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Gratz college.
My employment experiences have always been at synagogue schools
where I have been a teacher in preschools and religious schools
and held directorships in both Early Childhood and Religious education.
Personally I have lived, studied, traveled and worked in Israel.
I am married, and have 4 children who keep me very busy with ice
hockey, wrestling and soccer. In my free time I enjoy family time,
and design and painting Ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts).
Working at Congregation Kol Emet has been a dream come true. Because
the Reconstructionist Movement is so open and flexible, I am able
to use my creativity and enthusiasm to educate students of all ages.
215-493-8522 ext. 113
Bob has spent many years working in the social services field,
including 20 years in the field of Jewish Communal Service.
A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia/Bucks County region, Bob
graduated from Temple University with a degree in Psychology in
1972. After a successful career as a Center Director and Program
Director for people with disabilities with the City of Philadelphia,
Department of Recreation, Bob crossed the river and began his career
with the Jewish Community Center of the Delaware Valley in Ewing
in 1987. He held various positions there, ranging from the Physical
Education and Aquatics Director to Camp Director, Program Director,
and for the past 13 years, the center’s Executive Director.
Bob developed a passion towards providing programs for people with
disabilities during his years with the Department of Recreation.
He continues to direct the Carousel Recreation and Socialization
Program for People with Disabilities which he and his staff began
18 years ago. He has been recognized by the Philadelphia Kiwanis,
Variety Club and Summerdale Youth Club as Person of the Year. He
has served on several boards including the Board of Rabbis of Princeton
Mercer Bucks and the Mercer County Legal Commission on Aging.
“The warmth of the staff, board and congregants attracted
me to Kol Emet. I enjoy utilizing the administrative, facility management
, and programmatic skills that I have learned and developed during
my career to help our congregation continue to grow and develop.
I look forward to sharing the exciting future of Kol Emet with our
congregants and staff.”
Board of Directors