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.
On Saturday night, Nadya and I and several Temple Sinai members attended a tribute concert to Leonard Cohen performed by his long-time back-up singer, Perla Battala, organized by Art Town, and hosted by the First United Methodist Church in downtown Reno. One of the pieces that moved me most that night was Battala’s performance of […]
This week we completed a three-session, 30-people class called A Taste of Judaism TM, for which Temple Sinai received an advertising grant through the Union for Reform Judaism. It was a wonderful and diverse group of interfaith couples, Jews from birth who were raised with little or no Jewish education, and non-Jewish spiritual seekers curious […]
Yom Kippur Day 5777 Temple Sinai, Reno, Nevada Shana tov and welcome once again to Temple Sinai. The High Holy Days are filled with some of the most poignant and powerful prayers in Jewish liturgy but too often, we come to services and feel that we’re just thrown right in. Some of these High Holy […]
Kol Nidrei (Erev Yom Kippur) 5777 Temple Sinai, Reno, Nevada Shana tova, and welcome once again to Temple Sinai – it’s wonderful to see all of you here for Kol Nidre this evening. Many of you know our active and beloved Temple member Judy Schumer. You may have also heard the story of how Judy […]