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21 Adar I - 21 Adar II March 2016

Please Join our PJTC community to Welcome the Rabbi Candidates: Rabbi Noam Raucher: March 10-13, 2016

Rabbi Deborah Silver: March 18-20, 2016

Rabbi Noam Raucher was born and raised in southern Connecticut by loving parents and siblings; and enjoyed wonderful Jewish experiences in his home, synagogue, USY and Ramah. He attended and graduated Hofstra University with a bachelors degree in Psychology, Judaic Studies, and Philosophy. In 2005 he attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and was ordained in 2011. Since then Rabbi Raucher has enjoyed the last five years in Charlotte, North Carolina, serving as Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel. Recently Rabbi Raucher added the role of Educational Director to the Temple Israel Religious School. When not working, Rabbi Raucher loves to run, read, go for hikes, eat ice cream, and spend time with his family, his wife Tamar, their two boys Judah and Elijah, and their two dogs, Lucy and Dixie. Rabbi Raucher will be leading services on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday March 12, at 9:30 AM. In addition, there will be opportunities to get to know him during the following times: March 10 (Thursday) 8:00 PM: Rabbi Raucher will meet with the Religious School Committee, and the meeting will be open to congregants to attend. March 11 (Friday) 9:00 PM: Meet Rabbi Raucher at a festive oneg following services, hosted by Sisterhood. RSVPs REQUIRED. March 12 (Saturday) 8:45-9:30 AM: Torah Study with Rabbi Raucher in Galpert Sanctuary. March 12, (Saturday) 12:00 PM: Kiddush Luncheon following services RSVPs REQUIRED. March 12 (Saturday) 1:30-2:30 PM: Following our Kiddush luncheon, Rabbi Raucher will have an open forum for the congregants to meet him and ask questions. March 13 (Sunday) 11:00 AM -12:30 PM: Rabbi Raucher will meet with the Ritual Committee and the Spiritual Task Force, open to the congregation to attend.

Rabbi Deborah Silver was ordained in 2010 by the Ziegler School at the American Jewish University, Los Angeles and is currently the Assistant Rabbi at Adat Ari El, Valley Village. Prior to ordination she was educated at Cambridge University, England, and went on to become the Senior English Editor of the Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary of Current Usage. She then went to law school, practiced as a litigator at Mishcon de Reya, London, and subsequently took a post as Associate Professor at BPP Law School, London, before the pull of the rabbinate proved irresistible. She won the Whizin Prize for Jewish Ethics in 2009 with her responsum about fair trade, and believes passionately in Judaism’s enduring power to add meaning and richness to our contemporary lives. Rabbi Silver is a recently qualified yoga instructor; her other interests include dance, theater, food and music. She hopes that her rabbinate embodies the deep love of Jewish learning – in all its many and varied forms - which has characterized her journey to date. Rabbi Silver will be leading services on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 PM and Saturday March 19 at 9:30 AM. In addition, there will be opportunities to get to know her during the following times: March 18 (Friday) 9:00 PM: Meet Rabbi Silver at a festive oneg following services, hosted by Sisterhood. RSVPs REQUIRED. March 19 (Saturday) 8:45-9:30 AM: Torah Study with Rabbi Silver in Galpert Sanctuary. March 19 (Saturday) 12:00 PM: Kiddush Luncheon following services RSVPs REQUIRED. March 19 (Saturday) 1:30-2:30 PM Following our Kiddush luncheon, Rabbi Silver will have an open forum for congregants to meet her and ask questions. March 20 (Sunday) 10:00-11:00 AM: Rabbi Silver will meet with the Religious School Committee, open to the congregation. March 20 (Sunday) 1:30-3:00 PM: Rabbi Silver will meet with the Ritual Committee and Spiritual Task Force, open to the congregation.

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