Rabbi Suzanne Singer

Rabbi Suzanne Singer has been serving as rabbi and educator for Temple Beth El in Riverside, CA, since 2008. She is a member of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. She is also a member of the local Alternatives to Jail Expansion Coalition and has been involved in jail and prison reform in Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Los Angeles campus in 2003. Prior to becoming a rabbi, she was an Emmy-award winning public television producer and programming executive for national public television.

From Collective Memory to National Identity

D'Var Torah By: Cantor Elizabeth Sacks

August 27, 2019
A litany of laws. A multitude of mitzvot. According to Maimonides, Ki Teitzei contains 72 of the 613 commandments in the Torah — the most commandments in any one Torah portion. As the time for the Israelites’ transition into the Land draws ever nearer, God and Moses continue to prepare the people for sovereignty and self-government. In addition to laws that cover rules and regulations within the Israelite community, this portion also includes two passages that dictate the relationship between the people of Israel and neighboring entities.

Containing Lives in the Open Wilderness

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

April 30, 2018
The Book of Numbers, B’midbar, seems to begin with great promise, evoking universalism, deep spirituality, and the openness of the wilderness. Then, just as quickly it contains that openness with God’s command to take a census, thereby numbering and organizing the people.

What I Learned When I Volunteered in a German Refugee Shelter

Rabbi Suzanne Singer
July 11, 2016

When I asked IsraAID where I could go to help refugees, they told me Berlin. I agreed somewhat reluctantly. Germany was the last place I wanted to go. My mother survived Auschwitz; the rest of her family was not as fortunate. I had a visceral dislike for the country and had never intended to visit it – but I have since changed my mind.