Rabbi Locketz headshotRabbi Locketz is the Senior Rabbi Bet Shalom Congregation.  He came to Bet Shalom after rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2004.  Rabbi Locketz began as Assistant Rabbi and continued in that role until 2006 when he became Associate Rabbi.  He was installed as Bet Shalom's Senior Rabbi in January of 2016

Having grown up in the Minneapolis Area, Rabbi Locketz completed his undergraduate degree in Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Before entering Rabbinical School, Rabbi Locketz worked for three years as the Assistant Camp Director for our Union of Reform Judaism Camp, Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), while also working as the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) Advisor to the Northern and Chicago Regions.  His rabbinic thesis is entitled, “Rabbi Joseph Rauch:  A Biographical Study.”   

Since returning to Minnesota as a Rabbi, Rabbi Locketz has been active in several organizations in addition to his work at Bet Shalom.  He served on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and is a graduate of the Synagogue Transformation and Renewal (STAR) Program.  Rabbi Locketz is a past president of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association (MRA) and currently sits on the board of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) and the OSRUI Rabbis, Educators, and Cantors Committee (RECC).  He is a Co-Chair of YACHAD: A Collaborative Initiative in Jewish Education.  Since receiving certification from the Minnesota Emergency Service Chaplain Association (MESCA), Rabbi Locketz has served as a Police Chaplain for the Minnetonka Police Department.  He is also a founding board member of the Non-profit Drops Fill Buckets Minneapolis Chapter.  Rabbi Locketz is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).  

A true Minnesotan, Rabbi Locketz enjoys most things having to do with a lake – fishing, boating and waterskiing.  He takes great interest in history, genealogy, and music. 

Together with his wife, Debbie, they raise their two daughters and live in Minnetonka.