Rabbi Arthur I. Baseman, D.D.
Rabbi Baseman received his commission as Jewish Chaplain with the United States Army and attained the rank of captain during his tour of duty. He served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights, New York. In addition to his pulpit responsibilities, he served as Jewish Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Port Washington, N.Y., and the Nassau County Jail in East Meadow, N.Y., and was an officer of the Roslyn Ministerial Association.
He served as the spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Israel, in Clearwater, Florida, for 39 years, making it one of the largest and most vital exponents of Reform Judaism in the Southeast. Rabbi Baseman become the first President of the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and has served three times. He has also held the office of President of the Clearwater Ministerial Association. On the occasion of his 25th year as a rabbi, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.
Rabbi Baseman is a board member of FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together), an interfaith organization dedicated to social action, and he teaches and lectures for both Jewish and non-Jewish groups on a variety of spiritual and religious topics.
Rabbi Baseman has been married for over 40 years to his wife, Renee, and they have three married daughters and six grandchildren. His interests include the study of Yiddish, the Boston Red Sox, racquetball and spending time with his family.