Transforming the Status Quo in Scarsdale:
What Should the Synagogue of the 21st Century Be Like?
Rabbi Richard Jacobs, senior rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale,
New York will present “Transforming the Status Quo in Scarsdale: What
Should the Synagogue of the 21st Century Be Like?" at the next Food for
Thought Luncheon Lecture. This lecture will take place at noon on Wednesday,
February 5, 2003 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s
Mayerson Hall Auditorium, 3101 Clifton Avenue.
During this session, Rabbi Jacobs will share Westchester Reform Temple’s
(WRT) transformation work over the past decade. His congregation is one of only
a few congregations to be working on two synagogue transformation projects concurrently:
Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) and Synagogue 2000. WRT is currently
working to “end religious school as we know it,” revitalize its
worship, and deepen what it means to be a sacred community.
Rabbi Richard Jacobs has been the Senior Rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple
in Scarsdale, New York since 1991. From 1980 to 1986, Rabbi Jacobs was a dancer
and choreographer with the Avodah Dance Ensemble, a modern dance company that
performs services in dance and concerts throughout the United States. Currently
he is working on his Ph.D. in Ritual Dance at New York University. Rabbi Jacobs
serves on the boards of ARZA/World Union and Synagogue 2000, where he is also
a program fellow. He served on the international board of the New Israel Fund
(NIF) from 1992-2001 and is now the co-chair of the NIF’s Rabbinical Council.
Rabbi Jacobs is married to Susan K. Freedman and is the father of Aaron, David,
and Sarah Jacobs.
In its thirteenth season, Food For Thought features scholars and members of
the HUC-JIR community who discuss their fields of interest, expertise, and recent
research with the public. The Department of Outreach Education invites the community
to attend this informative lecture with Rabbi Richard Jacobs. A hot buffet lunch
will be available for $8; reservations are necessary. There is a $2 fee to attend
the lecture only. To learn more about Food For Thought, the Department of Outreach
Education of HUC-JIR, or to make a reservation contact Marcia Cruse, (513) 221-1875
The Rabbinical School of HUC-JIR welcomes Rabbi Richard Jacobs as the Rabbinic
Alumnus-in-Residence from February 3-6, 2003. In addition to presenting at Food
for Thought, Rabbi Jacobs will conduct student seminars, deliver a sermon in
the chapel, and meet with students.
Founded in Cincinnati in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
is the oldest institution of higher Jewish education in the western hemisphere
and the academic and professional leadership development center of the Reform
Movement. The College-Institute trains rabbis, cantors, religious school educators,
and Jewish communal workers at its four campuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los
Angeles, and Jerusalem. In addition to training professional leadership to serve
the Jewish community, HUC-JIR’s School of Graduate Studies awards Masters
and Doctoral degrees to men and women of all faiths.