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Our Rabbi

Welcome to Knesset Israel!

It has been my privilege to serve this community since 2009, and I look forward to meeting you. 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, to support each other, and to build something bigger than ourselves, inspired by our vibrant heritage. My role as rabbi, teacher and spiritual leader is to nourish that process of discovery, learning and growth.

I particularly enjoy K.I.'s robust volunteer culture. Drawing off the strength of the Jewish camping and havura movements, 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! Nothing gives me more pleasure than guiding a student or congregant to that next level in her Jewish or spiritual life. I love to celebrate learning - from lighting Shabbat candles or reading the Shema in Hebrew for the first time to finding new pathways of meaning in our study of Torah. 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 take Jewish values seriously; they motivate the culture 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 this an ideal context for living by those values.

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.

I started a Podcast D'var Torah during the COVID-19 Pandemic to teach in a new way. Below the podcast, you may find links to Divrei Torah from the weeks before I chose to archive all of them at Boxcast.

 

 

 

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

Sun, August 9 2020 19 Av 5780