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Yom Rishon, 22 Kislev 5778

 

 

OUR MISSION

STATEMENT:

 

“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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Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg

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Senior Rabbi, Ohef Sholom Temple
rabbi@ohefsholom.org


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
rabbiforman@ohefsholom.org

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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Cantor Jennifer Rueben

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Cantor, Ohef Sholom Temple
cantorjen@ohefsholom.org

Cantor Jennifer Rueben is thrilled to join the clergy team at Ohef Sholom this year. A native of Richmond, she has taken a long path back to the Old Dominion, by way of Maine, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Israel, and New York. She is so excited to be back home in Virginia and to serve the Ohef Sholom community. Cantor Jen was ordained at Hebrew Union College's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in May of 2017.

Cantor Jen bases her clergy work on building relationships. Her teaching is focused on using creative means to find the ways that Judaism can enhance our lives throughout the life cycle. She takes a special interest in b'nai mitzvah and is committed to helping each student to create an experience that is both challenging and meaningful. She cherishes the time she spends with each student, teaching them to chant Torah and lead the community in prayer and exploring the many facets of their Jewish identity.

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