Dr. Andy Krasnoff writes: Rabbi Ron Stern of Stephen S. Wise Temple was our Scholar-in-Residence this past week. A colleague of Rabbi Paul Kipnes from rabbinic school in New York, the two have remained close friends for many years. R. Stern spoke at Friday Shabbat services about helping congregants deal with the death of loved ones and about their concepts of the afterlife. On Monday evening, he led a group discussion about the teaching of evolution verses the teaching of “Intelligent Design” in our schools, and the political and sociological consequences of this. At the Wednesday “Torah lunch” group Rav Ron explored with our group the Jewish concept of the afterlife and the historical and Biblical origins of our beliefs. Rabbi Stern is a gifted and engaging speaker and discussion leader. Many thanks for coming and learning with us!