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January 28, 2015   8 Sh'vat 5775

צֶדֶק צֶדֶק, תִּרְדֹּף--לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה וְיָרַשְׁתָּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ.

  Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 16:20 

Rabbi Bruce D. Greenbaum  

Rabbi Greenbaum at the 2007 Jewish Food FestivalRabbi Bruce Greenbaum began his service to Congregation Beth Israel in June 1994.  For seven years prior to moving to the Monterey Peninsula he served as the Associate Rabbi in Congregation Emanuel in Denver, Colorado.

Rabbi Greenbaum was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  When he was still in High School he was involved with Bnai Brith Youth Organization, his Temple Youth Group, a student officer in the High School of Jewish Studies, and studying Hebrew with one of the congregation’s rabbis. 

His undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin in Madison with one year spent at Hebrew University in Jerusalem resulted in a double BA in Hebrew Studies and Sociology.  He then enrolled in Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he received a MA in Hebrew Letters, a second MA in Jewish Education, and was ordained in 1987.  The first year of his graduate studies was in Jerusalem, followed by three years in Los Angeles, California and the last two years at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In Denver, Rabbi Greenbaum helped create a variety of new programs for Congregation Emanuel including the Colorado Jewish Social Network (a singles program for people age 21-91) and Kosher Catering (a program to feed the homeless). 

Rabbi Greenbaum moved to Carmel with his wife Susan and their three daughters, Liotte, Shira, and Tani.  His first year at CBI he developed the Confirmation program for students in grades 8 - 10 and built up the youth group programs.  Today the CBI confirmation program has over 25 students enrolled, and three active youth groups!

Over the years Rabbi Greenbaum has helped establish our pre-school program, our Best Years (Senior’s) Program, and strengthened our Chavurah groups, while supporting our Caring Community, our Social Action Committee, and our Adult Education events.

The rabbi remains active in the community as well.  Presently he is a district leader for our local Rotary clubs, an active chaplain for the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, active in the Monterey Peninsula Ministerial Association, and a chaplain Greenbaum family - 2006for the Monterey Sheriff’s Department.

Rabbi Greenbaum is usually found behind his desk Tuesday - Friday and around the synagogue on weekends.  Despite being a workaholic, the rabbi still finds time to enjoy playing tennis, do some fly fishing, and SCUBA diving.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Congregation Beth Israel or want more information on our programs and services; contact me at our Synagougue office at (831) 624-2015 or E-mail RabbiBruce@aol.com.

Monthly Parshiot  

Torah ScrollJanuary 24, Bo

T: Exodus 10:1-13:16

H: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

 

January 31, Beshallach

T: Exodus 13:17-17:16

H: Judges 4:4-5:31

 

FEBRUARY

February 7, Yitro
T: Exodus 18:1-20:26
H: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

February 14, Mishpatim
T: Exodus 21:1-24:18
H: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26

February 21, Terumah
T: Exodus 25:11-27:19
H: I Kings 5:26-6:13

February 28, Tetzaveh
T: Exodus 27:20-30:10
H: Ezekiel 43:10-27

Rabbi Greenbaum become PARR President  

The first week in January every year the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis (PARR) holds their annual conference in Palm Springs. Approximately 125 rabbis from the west coast gather to discuss how to strengthen their congregations and organizations and to learn with Jewish scholars.

For the past year Rabbi Greenbaum has served as the first vice president of PARR. In his position he also served as the chair of this year's convention. This year our Rabbi will serve as President of PARR. Even though this will require him to attend a few more meetings this year (he is running them!) we are proud to have our rabbi serve as a leader in our region that includes Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska. Mazel Tov Rabbi Greenbaum!

Reflections From The Rabbi  

Hareini m'kabel alai et mitzvat haborei V'ahavta L'reyacha kamocha.

(I am ready to take upon myself the commandment of the Creator to love my neighbor as myself.)


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