Jonathan Z. Maltzman

Jonathan Z. Maltzman began his career as a rabbi in Japan, and as the sole civilian rabbi there, served as an ambassador for Judaism and as a link between the Israeli Embassy and the community. Over three years of service, he delivered lectures on Jewish history and culture to audiences throughout the country, and had the honor of leading a Passover seder for the brother of the emperor. Alongside his service in Japan, Jonathan Z. Maltzman served as a correspondent for the London Jewish Chronicle, reporting on issues throughout the Far East. Additionally, he served as a chaplain in the naval reserve and, in this capacity, visited US bases throughout Japan.

After returning to America In 1983, Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman served as rabbi at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines. As the leader of Iowa’s largest Jewish congregation, he was the representative of the Jewish community to the secular world, and made frequent appearances on an interfaith radio program alongside a priest and a minister. Reaching out to Jewish communities in Kansas, he created a monthly gathering of rabbis from Iowa and Kansas.

Since 2002, Rabbi Maltzman has served as the spiritual and community leader of Kol Shalom Synagogue, a Conservative congregation in Rockville, Maryland. Over the past 15 years, he has worked diligently to expand the congregation from 5 families to over 270. Additionally, he raised millions of dollars to build a new, LEED Gold-rated building.

Rockville, MD, US


5/2002 - Present

Kol Shalom



9/1971 - 9/1975

University of Pennsylvania

BA in Near Eastern Studies

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