We are excited to welcome Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner for a shabbaton July 22-24. The shabbaton will include Friday evening kabbalat shabbat/welcoming shabbat service and potluck, a Saturday morning shabbat Torah service, dessert/Havdallah on Saturday evening, and a Sunday morning study session. Times and locations of all of these opportunities are below.
Lauren Benjamin of the AARC Rabbi search committee writes:
After earning a BA and MA in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, Rabbi Ora worked as a Resurrection After Exoneration (RAE) Program Manager in New Orleans helping wrongfully convicted and incarcerated men after their release from prison. It was through this work that she decided to pursue rabbinical study with an eye toward social justice and chaplaincy work.
Since enrolling in RRC in 2011, Rabbi Ora has worked as a rabbinic intern and student rabbi for a variety of congregations and has continued to use her experience with incarcerated individuals as a doorway to larger discussions about justice and Tikkun Olam. She is also a certified yoga instructor with an interest healing and bodywork. The rabbi search committee was impressed with her thoughtful responses to questions about Reconstructionist Judaism and spirituality more generally, as well as her empathetic listening skills. Beginning in August, Rabbi Ora will start a yearlong chaplaincy training in New Orleans and will be available as a potential rabbi for AARC in 2017.
Events: RSVP here.
- Tot Shabbat, Friday 7/22, 5:45 to 6:15 PM, JCC
- Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck, Friday 7/22, 6:30 PM, JCC
- Shabbat Morning Service, Saturday 7/23, 10 am, JCC
- Family-Friendly Dessert and Havdalah, Saturday 7/23, 8-9:30 pm, home of the Samuel family
- Adult Learning, Sunday 7/24, 10:00 AM, JCC: (How) Should A Person Pray?