PAST ARTICLES AND SERMONS FROM RABBI BAIR
Rabbi Ethan Bair
JULY 2013 TO JUNE 2018
Rabbi Ethan Bair grew up in Boston where he was raised by spiritual seekers who rediscovered their Judaism through the Jewish Renewal movement. A graduate of Oberlin College and a former Fulbright scholar to Germany, Rabbi Bair was ordained at the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, in 2011. He wrote his Rabbinic thesis on “Re-Envisioning Reform Jewish Prayer,” with Dr. Rachel Adler. While in rabbinical school, he was a recipient of the prestigious Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship, which brought together future Reform and Conservative rabbis to learn about volunteer engagement, strategic planning and synagogue management. Stemming from this experience, Rabbi Bair would describe himself as a member of a new generation of Jewish leaders for whom denominations are secondary to transformational Jewish experience. For more than 11 years he has served congregations in Ogden, Utah; Vancouver, British Columbia; Sun Valley, Idaho; and San Rafael, CA. Most recently, he worked at American Jewish World Service, a global Jewish non-profit working to realize human rights in the developing world. Before that, he served as Campus Rabbi at the University of Southern California Hillel.
Rabbi Bair served Temple Sinai as our Senior Rabbi for five years before moving on to an an Assistant Rabbi position at Temple Beth Shalom in Miami Beach, FL. Rabbi Bair is committed to creating a participatory and authentic Jewish prayer culture; promoting inter-faith social justice work; and integrating Jewish studies with traditional Jewish sources into his repertoire of teaching. He enjoys running, hiking, singing, and welcoming Shabbat guests into his home with his wife, Nadya who has a PhD in Art History.
Dear Friends, I am going to keep this article short as I am sure you don’t want to hear me ramble on and on and then ramble some more during each of our High Holiday services — less than two weeks from now! Please remember that Temple Sinai is only as successful as you make […]
Torah Study Date Saturday, September 10, 2022 Verses Covered Bereishit (Genesis) 46:8-47:1 Next Session Saturday, October 1, 2022 Starting at Genesis 47:2 Last week we discussed the list of names of the Israelites who went to Egypt with Jacob: the sons of Jacob and Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon as well as […]
Torah Study Date Saturday, September 3, 2022 Verses Covered Bereishit (Genesis) 45:21-46:7 Next Session Saturday, September 17, 2022 Starting at Genesis 45:8 Last week we discussed the brothers getting ready to go home and bring their father, Jacob, back to Joseph in Egypt and wondered whether they were following Joseph’s instructions because they trusted him […]
Torah Study Date Saturday, August 27, 2022 Verses Covered Bereishit (Genesis) 45:4-45:20 Next Session Saturday, September 3, 2022 Starting at Genesis 45:21 We started with a short discussion of last week’s session. Question – why retell the whole story of the brothers going back to Canaan and what they told their father? Our answer was […]