Rabbi Erin Boxt, our resident Rabbi since July, 2017, was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He served as a religious school teacher and very active member of the youth group in his congregation, Tree of Life. After graduating from High School in 1994, Rabbi Boxt attended the University of Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in May, 1999. After graduating from UGA, Rabbi Boxt lived and worked in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Jerusalem, Israel, Baltimore, Maryland, Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia.
In the summer of 2008, Rabbi Boxt, along with his wife, Batya and daughter, Carlie, moved to Jerusalem to begin the five year HUC rabbinic student journey. While at HUC, Rabbi Boxt served as student rabbi in the following congregations: Temple Beth Isaac in Trenton, Michigan, Temple Meir Chayim in McGehee, Arkansas, and Congregation Beth Shalom in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. In his final year of rabbinical school, he served as the rabbinic intern at Temple Adath Israel Brith Shalom in Louisville, Kentucky. Rabbi Boxt also served as the Chaplain for the Wyoming City Fire Department while living in Cincinnati.
In June, 2012, after Ordination, Rabbi Boxt became the Assistant/Associate Rabbi at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, Ga, where he served until June, 2017. While in Marietta, Rabbi Boxt and Batya welcomed 2 children, Danika and Akivah. In June, 2017, the “Boxt 5” moved to Knoxville and Rabbi Boxt began his tenure at Temple Beth El. While serving TBE, Rabbi Boxt has been actively engaged with the Interfaith community, working with the Interfaith Pride Service Committee, the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, and Justice Knox. Rabbi Boxt writes prayers, poetry and stories – often found on his blog.