Rabbi's Weekly Message

Rabbi's Message

I am honored that we will be hosting Rabbi Hara Person, the Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, this Shabbat.  She is coming as our Lovenheim Lecturer, and is the perfect person to honor the extraordinary legacy of faith and leadership established by the Lovenheims. 

I have known Hara for over twenty years, and have always been impressed with her sensitivity and creativity.  In recent years, I have worked closely with Hara on several CCAR projects through my own volunteer leadership, and I know that you will enjoy learning from her and hearing about her vision of the Jewish future. 

Rabbi Person will speak Friday night during services: please join us at 6:00, and plan to stay if you are able for a delicious Shabbat dinner afterwards.  I am delighted that we will share this evening with our friends from Temple Sinai.

She will also teach our Torah study on Saturday morning.  This will be an extraordinary opportunity.  Among Rabbi Person’s achievements is that she was the Managing Editor for the groundbreaking Women’s Torah Commentary, published in 2008.  This volume is an essential part of any Torah study group today. 

I look forward to welcoming Rabbi Person to Rochester, and to the learning and celebrating we will do together with her!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Stein


Parashat Chayei Sara
November 23, 2019

In this Torah portion, Sara dies at the age of 127. Abraham searches for a place to bury her and settles on Machpelah. Abraham searches for a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant meets Rebecca at a well, where she provides water for him and his camels. Abraham marries Keturah and has six more sons. He then dies at the age of 175.