Rabbi Deborah Jill Schloss

Rabbi Schloss received her rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1996.  She holds a double Masters degree in Jewish Communal Service and Public Administration from Hebrew Union College and University of Southern California. Her undergraduate degree is from Brandeis University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Legal Studies.

Rabbi Schloss currently serves as a clinical chaplain at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, with one of her focuses on Palliative and Hospice care.


Rabbi Schloss, a native of Connecticut, has served congregations in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Texas.  Traveling, photography, and learning about different healing traditions are some of her favorite hobbies.  She is married to Eljay Waldman and is the proud mother of Priya.  Rabbi Schloss warmly welcomes you to experience liberal Jewish life at Temple Beth Tikvah!