Allen Juda was the rabbi of Congregation Brith Sholom for 39 years (1975-2014). He was named Rabbi Emeritus in June 2014.
A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Rabbi Juda earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University and a B.H.L. (Bachelor of Hebrew Literature) from the Jewish Theological Seminary prior to entering rabbinical school. He earned an M.A. in rabbinics in 1973 and was ordained in 1975 by the Jewish Theological Seminary.
In the Jewish community, Rabbi Juda was involved in organizing the Bethlehem United Jewish Appeal campaigns and later assisted the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley with its annual campaign. He served for many years as the co-chair of the Beth Tikvah Nursing Home Committee and on the Education Committee of the Jewish Day School. Rabbi Juda was fundraising co-chair for the new mikvah that opened in 2006. He also has served twice as the president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and as the co-chair of the 2000 International Convention.
During his career, Rabbi Juda wrote religion columns for all three local newspapers, the since closed Bethlehem Globe-times, the Easton Express and the Allentown Morning Call.
Rabbi Juda is married to the former Toby Keller and they have three children: Adam, Tamar and Aaron, who is married to the former Danielle Metson. Danielle and Aaron are the proud parents of Kayla Rose, Asher Eli, and Juliette Ella.