A longtime and devoted creative change agent, Rabbi Jacobs spent 20 years as a dynamic, visionary spiritual leader at Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) in Scarsdale, New York. During his tenure, he reshaped communal worship, transformed the congregation into a community of lifelong learners, and strengthened the synagogue’s commitment to vibrancy and inclusion. Under Rabbi Jacob’s leadership, the congregation completed a new “green” sanctuary, one of only a few at that time.
Please save the date for Friday evening, February 2, 2018 when we welcome Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to Solel to help mark our 60th.
All are welcome to join us for a meet and greet/wine and cheese pre-neg starting at 6:30 pm. Services will start, as always, at 7:30 pm with a festive oneg afterwards.
The URJ leads the largest and most diverse Jewish movement in North America, with almost 900 congregations reaching nearly 1.5 million people. For nearly 150 years, the URJ has been at the forefront in promoting an open, progressive Judaism in North America and beyond.
Dedicated to global social justice issues, recently, Rabbi Jacobs and his team led the URJ in disaster relief due to the horrific hurricanes and fires in the U.S.; interfaith dialogue including a meeting with the Pope; the negotiations in Israel for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall; speaking out in regards to the Israeli government’s strong language and actions against North American and worldwide progressive Judaism, and much much more. Yet, his dedication to global social justice is not recent. He was part of the Haiti earthquake relief in 2010 as well as the international humanitarian mission to the Chad-Darfur border area in 2005. Rabbi Jacobs and his wife Susan K. Freedman have three children: Aaron, David, and Sarah.
We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Jacobs. Please watch the Pathfinder and Shavu’on for more details. Happy Anniversary to you.