Yom Shishi, 1 Sivan 5777






“My House Shall be Called a House of Prayer For All Peoples”


To provide a spiritual,

cultural and educational environment inspired by the highest Reform Jewish values.

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Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin

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Cantor, Ohef Sholom Temple

Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin has served at Ohef Sholom Temple since 2009. A California native, he was ordained at the Reform Movement Seminary, Hebrew Union College (HUC) in 1996.

Cantor Wally’s work here at Ohef Sholom Temple is focused on building relationships with our members, teaching, and preparing and leading meaningful worship and programs. He serves as full clergy, taking care of our members throughout their lives. Together with Rabbi Mandelberg, he teaches the 10th Grade Confirmation year and leads many varieties of worship and educational happenings. He works with each of our B’nai Mitzvah students to prepare them to lead prayers and chant their textual readings. He adapts and creates, produces and directs our annual Purim musical, leads the youth choir, works with our junior song leaders, and meets with Temple committees. He is grateful for the opportunity to do this work in wonderful partnership with his fellow clergy, Music Director Chuck Woodward, and the dynamic leadership of OST.

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Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg

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Senior Rabbi, Ohef Sholom Temple

A few words about my vision for Ohef Sholom Temple. . .

As a rabbi and a human being, I live by my daily declaration in the Sh'ma, that I serve God and my community with the fullness of my heart, my soul and my mind. So, the success of my rabbinate has been based on my love for Jewish traditions, wisdom and values and upon my respect for the dignity of every human being. With compassion, openness, flexibility and humor, I intentionally choose to meet others where they are, to connect with them personally, and to draw them nearer to Judaism and to a Jewish way of life and practice.

My love for Judaism and the Jewish people comes from my roots in a wonderful and varied Jewish home. My father, a Holocaust survivor, and my mother, a sabra, imbued in me not only an amazingly rich cultural and ethnic Jewish identity and a love for the state of Israel, but also a tremendous responsibility to do all that is within my capacity to strengthen our people everywhere. They modeled for me the need to speak out against injustice wherever it exists, to create opportunities for education, and to foster a love for

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Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman

Rabbi Emeritus, Ohef Sholom Temple

Rabbi Forman was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and received his B.A. from the University of Washington, in Seattle, and an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rabbi Forman received an M.A. in Hebrew Letters, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Seminary. His Rabbinic Thesis is titled: "Some Philosophical, Psychological and Ethical Elements in the Writings of Erich Fromm". In 1987 he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 1993, the Rabbi received his earned doctoral degree from Boston University's School of Theology in Philosophy and Religion. His Doctoral Thesis is titled: "Those who make Teshuvah are called the Children of Abraham and Sarah," and deals with the issues of Conversion, Intermarriage and Finding a place for the non-Jew in today's Synagogue.

Rabbi Forman has served Ohef Sholom Temple with distinction as Senior Rabbi for more than three decades. He has held Emeritus status since November of 2000. He has been active

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Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen

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Interim Associate Rabbi, Ohef Sholom Temple

During my 18 years in the rabbinate, I have shared in the spiritual journeys of three other extraordinary congregations – Beth Shalom in Cary, NC, Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ and Har Shalom in Potomac, MD. I have been honored to be the part of the lives of congregation members, hearing their sacred tales, sharing their joyful Jewish celebrations and supporting them through grief and troubling times. I have come to understand that delivering a great sermon, teaching a successful lesson or planning a dynamic program are simply conduits to more important tasks – reaching my congregants as individuals and building community among them. I see God reflected in others. By nurturing community, I feel a congregation becomes a true place of faith, a place where God resides.  

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