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Our Rabbi

Welcome to Knesset Israel!

It has been my privilege to serve this community since 2009. I appreciate how the people of Knesset Israel work together to bring the words of Torah and traditions of Judaism to life. Here you will find people who intuitively understand what it means to be in community and, inspired by our vibrant heritage, to build something bigger than ourselves. My role as rabbi, teacher and spiritual leader is to nourish that process of discovery, learning and growth.

I started the Berkshirav Podcast during the COVID-19 Pandemic to teach in a new way.

Here is an archive of a few more Divrei Torah.

July 25, 2020 - Cease to Do Evil; Learn to Do Good (Shabbat Hazon)
July 17, 2020 - A Journey in Fits and Starts (Matot/Masay)
June 18, 2020 - The Unintentional (Sh'lah L'cha)
June 11, 2020 - A Menorah of Many Branches (Beha'alot'cha)
June 4, 2020 - Needs and Blessings (Naso)
May 28, 2020 - The Book of Ruth and Shavuot
May 21, 2020 - The Torah of the Wilderness (Bamidbar)
May 14, 2020 - Serenity and Courage (Behar - Behukkotai)
May 7, 2020 - Inspire, Engage, Connect, Create (Emor)
April 30, 2020 - If You See Something, Say Something? (Aharei Mot - Kedoshim)
April 22, 2020 - Counting the Omer
April 13, 2020 - The 7th Day of Pesah and the Wilderness Journey
April 6, 2020 - A Year of Small Seders

I take Jewish values seriously; they are the foundation of our community. That people are created in the image of God calls us to respect each other in all our diversity. From the infinite value of human life flows a concern for others' well-being, in our community, in our neighborhood and all over the world. The Torah's ideals of holy living (kedusha), love (hesed), forgiveness (seliha) and justice (tzedek) beckon us to transcend our limitations and build a better world. KI's intimate size, small-town context and special congregants make our synagogue an ideal context for living by those values.

I particularly appreciate K.I.'s robust volunteer culture. Lay leaders take responsibility for chanting Torah, leading services, cooking meals for the congregation in our kosher kitchen, teaching in our Hebrew School, tutoring bar/bat mitzvah students, even burying the dead! There are so many opportunities to participate and contribute to Jewish life in the Berkshires.

I celebrate Jewish learning and love to teach students of all ages, perspectives and backgrounds. It is especially meaningful to serve a congregation that encourages me to continue learning and developing as a rabbi, a Jew and a human being.

I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming K.I. event. My door is open. Please reach out if you have any questions about the community.

Wed, December 2 2020 16 Kislev 5781