Beginning a journey with a new assistant Rabbi

Every Assistant Rabbi who has come to our congregation has brought new ideas, unique interpretations of Jewish sources and different ways of relating to congregants. Rabbi Farb will be no exception.

He grew up in a small self-directed congregation in Westminster, Colorado where two dozen families met in living rooms, church basements, community schools, and a refurbished shopping center. They had no rabbi and no staff and read from a Torah which was given to them on permanent loan from another congregation.

That experience in a small congregation made a lasting impression on Rabbi Farb and explained the great appeal his candidacy had for us on the search committee. Rabbi Farb’s modest beginning in the synagogue world sensitized him to the importance of making sure that every member feels like a partner in synagogue life. In his initial interview, Rabbi emphasized group building, relationship growth, and engendering feelings of warmth and inclusivity as essential to his rabbinate. We have no doubt that his compassionate nature and his desire to bring a small Temple atmosphere to our large congregation will go a long way to meeting his goal and ours.

I look forward to starting a new friendship with him. I know Rabbi and I will share great conversations and special moments as only colleagues can. Each Assistant challenges me to look at Schaarai Zedek in new ways and each eventually becomes my teacher. I cannot wait to begin this journey once again.