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Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg Installation Service

Friday, September 13, 2019, 6:30 PM

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Friday September 13
5:45 PM  Pre-Oneg
6:30 PM Shabbat Service. Installation of Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg by Rabbi Lawrence  A. Englander
Following services, a special Oneg.

Saturday, September 14
9:00 AM  Rabbi Englander will lead Parashat HaShauva

Sunday, September 15
10:00 AM  Join us fora special lecture,  “A Taste of Kabbalah” with Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander. A bagel breakfast will be provided.

The Installation of Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg

Rabbi Lawrence Englander

Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg will be installed by Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander, founding Rabbi of Solel Congregation, Mississauga, Ontario…Rabbi Vaisberg’s hometown!

Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander received his Honours B.A. degree from York University in 1970.  He then attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (one year in Jerusalem and four years in Cincinnati), receiving ordination as Rabbi in 1975.  He is the founding Rabbi of Solel Congregation, Mississauga, serving there since its inception in 1973 until his retirement in June 2014; he now serves Solel as Rabbi Emeritus.  He is also Adjunct Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Toronto.

Rabbi Englander received his Doctorate of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1984, in the field of Jewish Mysticism and Rabbinics.  He has taught in the Religious Studies Department at York University and spent a semester teaching rabbinical students at Leo Baeck College in London, England.  He has written several articles on Jewish Mysticism, as well as a book, The Mystical Study of Ruth, published by Scholars Press.  He is former Editor of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal.

Another passion of Rabbi Englander’s is Reform Zionism, a subject on which he has written and edited articles.  He served as Chair of ARZENU, a world-wide progressive Zionist organization, from 2014 to 2017.  He is co-editor (with Rabbi Stanley Davids) of the book Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Zionism, published by CCAR Press.  He also serves on the Board of JSpace, a Canadian liberal Zionist organization.

Rabbi Englander has also played an active role in establishing two Mississauga interfaith organizations: Foodpath, a community food bank; and Pathway, a non-profit housing corporation, of which Rabbi Englander was the founding President.  In 2005 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for his work in the community.

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