All in the Family at Temple Reyim
Next month’s High Holy Days services at Temple Reyim promises to be a family affair.
The Hebrew College family, that is.
Rabbi Daniel Berman, a 2010 graduate of Hebrew College’s Rabbinical School, will lead his first Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the Conservative temple in West Newton since being named senior rabbi there in June. Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, Hebrew College’s president since 2008, will serve alongside Berman as cantor.
“We’re honored and thrilled to have Rabbi Berman as our congregational rabbi and extremely excited to be hosting Rabbi Lehmann as our High Holy Days cantor,” said temple President Andy Offit. “To have a rabbinical school like Hebrew College in our backyard is a true asset to everyone in our community.”
Offit has a Hebrew College connection of his own. His wife, Suzanne, is a 2009 graduate of the Rabbinical School as well as a member of the college’s board of trustees.
Berman, who joined Temple Reyim on July 1, said he is eager to celebrate the holidays with his new congregation.
“I always find leading High Holy Days services completely humbling — standing in front of a community as its rabbi for the first time, particularly so,” he said. “I've spent a lot of time these first weeks getting to know members of Reyim so that I can try to find words in leading the service and in my sermons that speak to the community in a meaningful way.”
Berman added that he feels especially fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside Lehmann, whom he considers both a friend and a mentor.
“I’ve known Rabbi Lehmann and his family for years,” he said. “He has been such an important leader in the communities I have been a part of, and I am grateful for this chance to work closely with him, get to know him in a different way and continue to learn from him.”
Lehmann said he, too, looks forward to joining Berman on the Temple Reyim pulpit.
“I’m excited to partner with Rabbi Berman, for whom I have great respect and admiration,” he said. “He represents Hebrew College at its best, and we are proud that he is serving Temple Reyim, a very special congregation.”
Temple Reyim welcomes all members of the Hebrew College community to its High Holy Days services. Dates and times are available on the Temple Reyim website. For more information, contact the temple at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-527-2410, ext. 11.
— Aug. 16, 2013