Rabbi Gustav Buchdahl is now serving as Emanuel Emeritus Rabbi at BHC. He served Temple Emanuel of Baltimore from 1963 to 2000 and Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanuel from 2000 to 2016. Since 2000, he has been teaching Judaic Studies at the University of Maryland/Baltimore County. From 1972 to 1989, Rabbi Buchdahl was also a Professor of Religious Studies at Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University).
In addition to his ordination from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Rabbi Buchdahl earned an M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. For 20 years, he was on the Clinical Review Board at Sinai Hospital as well as on its Ethics Committee. Similarly, he was on the Ethics Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). He served two terms as President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. He also served as President of the Baltimore Branch of the American Jewish Congress.
Rabbi Buchdahl’s poems have been published in Aufbau, the CCAR Journal and the New Kehilla Machzor. He has several other interests, including Jewish roles in detective fiction, BWI’s Pathfinder program and making periodic trips to his native Germany. Rabbi Buchdahl and his wife, Sheila, are the parents of Micah, Ezra and Hannah and the grandparents of Max, Sara, Lily and Benjamin.