Rabbi Emeritus Rod Glogower

Rabbi Rod Glogower led the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan from 1981-1984 and 1988-2018. A native of Hamilton, Ohio, Rabbi Glogower grew up in Pittsburgh. He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Loyola University while attending full time classes at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Il. He received smicha with distinction from the Midrasha of Machon Harry Fischel in Jerusalem and then returned to America to pursue graduate work at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Glogower holds two masters degrees in Jewish philosophy, from Yeshiva University and Brandeis University.The Glogower family moved to Ann Arbor in 1981 for what they thought would be a two year stint as assistant Hillel Director. Four and a half years later the family moved to Washington DC, where Rabbi Glogower assumed the pulpit at Kesher Israel — the Georgetown Synagogue. The Glogowers missed campus life and so, after three years, decided to move back to Ann Arbor. He is currently the rabbinic advisor for the University of Michigan Hillel and rabbi of the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan. He also teaches adults through the Detroit Federation; teaches a course in Jewish law at the University of Michigan Law School; and is on the staff of the Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit. Rabbi Glogower is also well known for his collection of sports memorabilia.

When asked about teachers who had influence upon him, Rabbi Glogower made special mention of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovitz, Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik, Professor Nehama Leibovitz, and Rabbi Norman Lamm. He, and his wife Nehama have six children: Abby, Ari, Naomi, Shira, Yoni and Johanna (Jo).