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Senior Vice President, National Programs,

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Rabbi Justus Baird is Senior Vice President, National Programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He shapes strategy for the Institute’s national initiatives (including programs for rabbis, campuses, and interfaith audiences), develops new program strategies, and serves as senior leadership.

Prior to joining Hartman, Justus was the Dean of Auburn Seminary. He was ordained at HUC-JIR and is an alumnus of both the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI).

Raised in Texas, Justus lives in Montclair, NJ, with his wife Rabbi Julie Roth and their three children.

Justus Baird


Sep 1, 2023

Fighting society’s disintegration is a group effort. Just ask Moses.

Jan 19, 2021

Justus Baird asks whether America can bridge ‘the sea of society and the river of time’ to atone for its sins

Jul 1, 2020

Ginna Green and Justus Baird combine personal narrative and professional analysis to open up a conversation about Blackness, Jewishness, and America in this moment.

May 6, 2014

The birthday of the Jewish State forces an existential question on us diaspora Jews: what is our compelling mission and purpose for Judaism outside of the land of Israel?

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics