**The Methodists’ Rebbe
***Baltimore Rabbi Joshua Martin Siegel is blazing an unlikely trail as spiritual advisor to a mainline protestant denomination
[FONT=Arial][size=2]Ira Rifkin - special to the Jewish Week[/size]
It takes a certain chutzpah for a Jew to lecture believing Christians about the New Testament’s spiritual message; even more so when church officials are in attendance. Yet that’s the core of an experiment in spiritual cross-pollination involving one of the nation’s leading Protestant denominations and a Maryland rabbi with a long and unconventional career.
The rabbi is Joshua Martin Siegel, the recently hired “rabbinic adviser” to the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC).