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Celebrating Rabbi Eric Berk: Another Or Ami Intern Becomes Rabbi

I schepped nachas (beamed with pride) as another Or Ami intern became a rabbi. Eric Berk, a rabbinic intern this year who previously served as rabbinic intern for us during his second year in school, ascended the bimah to be ordained “Rabbi in Israel.” Rabbi Berk, a thoughtful, compassionate, Israel-loving Jew, wrote a thesis illuminating the connections between the poetry of the late Israeli national poet Yehuda Amichai and the Biblical Ecclesiastes. He has taught in our religious school, mishpacha, and temple teen night; gave sermons from our pulpit; read the service at High Holy Days; challenged my thinking on numerous occasions, pushing me to open myself to new possibilities. We shall miss his presence at the synagogue. Rabbi Berk will soon be entering the placement process to find a position which suits his interests.

Eric joins an esteemed group of former Or Ami interns who are now rabbis, including

We are proud of them all. Their good works at Or Ami still illuminate our lives; the good works they now do beyond Or Ami’s area brighten our entire Jewish community.

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