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.
It has been a busy month at Temple Sinai. The Familyhood Committee put on a wonderful and highly successful fundraiser for Youth programs, the Spring Simcha Sock Hope and Silent Auction at the Grove. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a smash, especially Beth and Adam Slamowitz, Mary Allstead, Ellen Lessinger — […]
Towards the middle of the Passover seder, we come to the phrase “Arami oved Avi – My father was a wandering Aramean.” The medieval commentator Rashbam says “my father” refers to Abraham. Ibn Ezra and Sforno say this refers to Jacob. What the rabbis do agree on is that all of our early patriarchs were […]
Please buy Purim dinner tickets now — both for the Erev Purim Celebration (delicious Mediterranean food!) and unlimited-ticket bracelets for the day-time Purim Carnival for families! Special rate for members in advance! Please also purchase tickets for the Israel Shabbat Retreat in April (open to all), and the Familyhood Spring Simcha (with raffles and silent […]
With flooding and a larger than ‘typical’ amount of rain and snow this season, you may be feeling like you’ve had enough of winter. Luckily, Tu Bishvat is around the corner. This is when we plant for the spring and rededicate ourselves to caring for the environment because it ensures the well-being of future generations. […]