“Those of us who call ourselves Rabbi spend our lives wondering if we deserve this title,” shares Rabbi Stephen Einstein. There is, however, no doubt that Rabbi Einstein deserves his title; he has spent his career creating avenues to help others feel more engaged with Judaism and supporting future leadership.
Mentorship plays a key role in Rabbi Einstein’s rabbinate. For over 30 years, he served as a mentor for students and young Rabbis through CCAR and HUC-JIR programs, work he considers an honor and a privilege. Rabbi Einstein’s dedication to the mentees, their work, and, as a result, the future of the community is unparalleled. He was instrumental in the College-Institute’s creation of a paid summer residence program, which allows rabbinicial students to shadow a Rabbi for the summer, exposing them to the day-to-day life and work of the Rabbi and showing them to future career paths. The program, which continues today, greatly benefits both the students and the shadowed Rabbis.
In addition to his work with students, Rabbi Einstein is also known for his outreach efforts. For over forty years he led an Introduction to Judaism course. His work was shared by the Union for Reform Judaism, where it was provided to synagogues and professionals throughout North America.
Rabbi Einstein and his wife, Robin, chose to further their commitment to HUC-JIR, the Reform Movement, and the Jewish community, by putting the College-Institute into their estate plan. In doing this, he has ensured that future students will benefit from the high level of learning, experience, and mentorship that HUC-JIR provides. Once again, Rabbi Einstein demonstrated why he is so worthy of his title.
Watch as Rabbi Einstein talks about his fulfilling career and shares why and he and his wife included HUC-JIR in their estate plans.