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Summer at Six Shabbat Service Led by Rabbi Klass and Cantor Thomas (Rabbi Janet Liss - Sermon)

Friday, August 9, 2019 8 Av 5779

6:00 PM - 7:15 PMTemple Beth El

From June-August, the Shabbat Evening Service begins at 6pm each week. This service is designed for our entire community and all are welcome. Shabbat worship is the highlight of our week, where community lifts our spirits, music fills our souls story and wisdom inspire, and the prayers of our tradition nourish our innermost being.

We are thrilled to welcome Rabbi Janet Liss to be the darshanit this Shabbat. She will serve as our special guest and deliver this week's sermon. Rabbi Liss is the first ordained rabbi who grew up at Temple Beth El. 

Rabbi Dr. Janet B. Liss has been the Rabbi of North Country Reform Temple in Glen Cove, New York since 1996.  Prior to coming to New York, she was the Associate Rabbi of Temple Kol Ami in Plantation Florida and the solo rabbi of Temple Beth Am in Tampa, Florida.  Rabbi Liss is active both in the Reform Movement and in her local community. 

Rabbi Liss has been the President of the North Shore Interfaith Clergy Group for years.  She is on the board of the Northwell Hospital in Glen Cove and she is on the Community Advisory Board of the Feinstein Institute for the Northwell Heath Care System.  She recently finished her term as Vice President for Organizational Relationships for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and is Chair of the Israel Committee.  She is a member of the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism and is a member of the newly formed Israel and Reform Zionism Committee of the URJ.  Through her work to collect children’s books for the Q Schools in Israel, the first lending library for English books for Arab Israelis has been established and named after her.  Rabbi Liss is committed to furthering connections between her congregation and Israel and to reinvigorating social justice in her congregation and community.

Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Liss completed her Ph.d. Course work at Columbia University in Hebrew Language and Literature and she has been working on translating the diary of Rebecca Bau from Hebrew to English.  Mrs. Bau was featured in Schindler’s List as the bride in the wedding scene in the Concentration Camp in Plaszow, Poland.  Rabbi Liss has a doctorate in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College.

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