Guest Sermon: Rabbi Emeritus Lerner
From Minneapolis, MN, Rabbi Lerner received his A. B. from Duke University and was ordained at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio. His first pulpit was at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he soon became Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Lerner was our beloved and respected Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom from 1989 – 2012. In 2012 he retired to become Rabbi Emeritus, and has dedicated time leading Reform Jewish communities in Italy.
Guest Sermon: Rabbi Boris Dolin
Rabbi Boris Dolin is the new rabbi of Dorshei Emet, the Reconstructionist synagogue in Montreal. Before moving to Montreal, Rabbi Boris spent a year as the rabbi of Beit Polska, the Union of Progressive Congregations in Poland. Based in Warsaw, his community was the first progressive Jewish community to be founded since the Holocaust, and continues to be a place of support and learning for the remaining community of Polish Jews and for those interested in reclaiming their Jewish heritage. For four years Rabbi Boris worked as the associate rabbi and educator at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, Oregon. Rabbi Boris is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Friday, June 16, 2017 | 7:45 pm,How do you Say Tikkun Olam in Hebrew?
Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:00 am, Torah Study: How Israel is changing Judaism; The Place of Israel in the Identity of Reform Jews
10:15 am, Reform Judaism in Israel – Music to my ears: Who is listening?
Rabbi Benjie Gruber was raised in Beersheva, after his family made aliya from Chicago. He attended the Netiv Meir Yeshiva in Jerusalem and later combined military service in the Israeli Defense Forces with advanced college level courses at the Hesder Yeshiva in Yerucham, of which he was a founding member. Under the auspices of the Jewish Agency, Benjie taught Jewish Studies in the former Soviet Union. Thereafter, he spent 2 years in Portland, Oregon, teaching Judaism to all ages and denominations. It was in Portland that Benjie’s spirit was captured by liberal Judaism. With his ordination to the rabbinate at HUC in Jerusalem, Benjie becomes the eighth generation of rabbis in his family. Since January 2014 Benjie is one the first four Reform rabbis to have his salary partially funded by the State of Israel. Rabbi Gruber’s visit is possible thanks to ARZA Canada