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Rabbi Henry Cohen became the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in 1888, he couldn’t know that he would remain at the synagogue for the next 64 years.
Days after the shooting in Parkland, a congregant asked me to go to the high school with her to offer a prayer. My encounter there helped me and my community turn crisis to opportunity.
So much of what our rabbis, cantors, and educators do can be described as storytelling, from sharing divrei Torah (literally, “words of Torah”) about the weekly Torah portions to teaching Midrash.
When my term as youth group president ended, I was not ready to stop my social action and community building efforts, so I decided to run for the local board of education.