Rabbi Shalom Baum has been the Rav at Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck since September 2003. Before coming to Teaneck, he served as Rav of Congregation Ahavath Achim in Fairfield, Connecticut for nine years. Rabbi Baum received his semicha from RIETS, studying with Rabbi Yehudah Parnes at Yeshiva University, and learned at the Advanced Kollel at Yeshivat Shaalvim in Israel, where he served as its North American representative. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Benjamin Cardozo Law School and worked as a clerk for the Surrogate’s Court of New York City.
Active in many community organizations, Rabbi Baum has led numerous missions to Israel, prompting the Israel Ministry of Tourism and Tehilla to recognize Rabbi Baum for his commitment to promoting Aliyah and visits to Israel. While in Connecticut, Rabbi Baum founded the Fairfield Jewish Experience, an independent outreach organization that has inspired hundreds of unaffiliated Jews.He has served as President of the Rabbinical Council of America ("RCA") and is currently the Honorary President. His articles have appeared in a number of Jewish magazines and books.