Rabbi Sheldon Marder (HUC-JIR/NY '78) was honored at the Jewish Home of San Francisco for ten years of dedicated service. The event featured a special morning service, luncheon for the home’s Board and special guests, and three seminars drawing upon Rabbi Marder’s special interests. Participating in the program were Rabbi Janet Marder, Rabbi Martin Wiener, Rabbi Lawrence Raphael, and Rabbi Eric Weiss. Dr. William Cutter, Steinberg Emeritus Professor of Human Relations at HUC-JIR, was the guest speaker at the plenary session, which was attended by 250 people, including 100 residents of the home. His lecture, entitled “The Legacy of Shelley, Leading People to Still Waters,” reflected on Rabbi Marder’s love of poetry and his ability to encourage aging and often compromised elders to put their thoughts and feelings into song and rhyme. Rabbi Marder has been able to use the arts in his work, encouraging painting, dance, poetry, and music in this unique residence of nearly 500. In addition, Rabbi Marder continues to play a significant role mentoring HUC-JIR’s students during their weekend internships, which are funded in part by the home.
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