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.
Sukkot is zman simchateinu, the season of our joy, following Yom Kippur! I hope to see many of you this Friday night for the Community Sukkot Shabbat service and harvest-themed pot-luck in the sukkah! We have a Family Day at 9:30 a.m. Sunday for all our families, whether enrolled in Sinai School or not! Join […]
It may be hard to believe that Rosh HaShanah is less than two weeks away. Are we ready? This Shabbat is the 18th of Elul, the month of reflection and longing that leads up to the 1st of Tishrei on Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe. Elul is an acronym It may be hard […]
My Facebook feed has been filled this week with first day of school pictures. What a beautiful way to mark how fast kids grow! As we look forward to a new year of Sinai School here at T.S., I am very happy that with Beth Slamowitz at its helm, the Familyhood Committee is planning some […]
Over a week ago now, the Temple Sinai Trip to Israel came to an end. It was a fun, spiritual, educational and identity-affirming trip for everyone. We flew in to Tel Aviv and traveled through the north, before visiting S’fat and spending several days in Jerusalem. The trip combined culture, history, border and political issues, […]