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.
In Parshat Shmot, the first of the Book of Exodus, the focus shifts from the family of Israel to the people of Israel as a nation. “It came to pass in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. The children of Israel sighed because of their bondage, and they cried […]
Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 12 next week! Hanukkah is the season of miracles. We celebrate the Maccabees’ victory over the Greek armies led by King Antiochus IV over 2,000 years ago. These armies overran the Temple in Jerusalem, setting up an altar to Zeus and sacrificing pigs. Because they forced our […]
Dear Temple Sinai Family, I am very grateful for the dedication and passion of all our committees, and this week, especially to the Jewish Practice and Social Action committees, who have combined forces along with an ad hoc committee to bring us “Shabbat Unplugged!” a fun, musical, contemporary and accessible prayer service with a special […]
Autumn might be my favorite season: the leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and it’s that magical period now between the end of the High Holy Day Season and Thanksgiving. Before we know it, we’ll be lighting the candles of Chanukah. That said, there are two recent, difficult events for our Northern Nevada Jewish […]