Rabbi Suzanne Singer

Rabbi Suzanne Singer

Rabbi Suzanne Singer (she/her) joined Temple Beth El in Riverside, CA in February of 2008. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, she is keenly aware of the need to make our world a better place. She recently served as a member of the Reform movement’s Commission on Social Action, as President of PARR (Pacific Area Reform Rabbis), as a member of the City of Riverside’s Task Force on Police Reform, and as a Commissioner for the City of Riverside’s Human Relations Commission.

Preserving Hope

Rabbi Suzanne Singer
Hope is hard to find these days, yet we need it now more than ever. Hope can spring from the most desperate places - like a daisy between sidewalk cracks or even from a site like the Twin Towers in New York City, destroyed on September 11, 2001.

From Collective Memory to National Identity

D'Var Torah By: Cantor Elizabeth Sacks

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

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.