12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
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Join us each Rosh Chodesh to celebrate, study and explore women’s issues and social justice action through a Jewish lens, led by one of our community’s female clergy or one of our many inspirational Jewish educators.
As we approach the holiday of Pesach, we will explore how Miriam’s courage and leadership helped to redeem the Israelites. Our tradition says that it is because of Miriam that a life-saving well of water accompanied the Israelites through the desert. This well is represented at the Passover Seder by a special cup dedicated to Miriam, filled with the waters of redemption.
Rabbi Pomerantz Bio:
In June of 2018 Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz became the third Senior Rabbi in Temple Beth Sholom’s history. She has served the congregation with passion and integrity since 1994 and was the first woman rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom. She has touched the lives of Temple Beth Sholom’s congregation, from the tiniest tots to our seniors, in many rich and significant ways. Her rabbinate is committed to nourishing Jewish souls through learning, acts of tikkun olam and innovative spiritual engagement. Her guidance has opened paths for sacred living by integrating women’s spirituality and leadership, initiating social justice projects, and creating an original and transformative High Holy Day experience with Cantor Lisa Segal. She has brought enthusiasm, joy, compassion and creativity to Temple Beth Sholom and serves with a full heart.
In 2006, Rabbi Pomerantz launched “The Open Tent,” a Jewish engagement initiative to make Judaism accessible to Jews outside of the synagogue. Now part of Temple Beth Sholom, thousands of Jewish lives have been touched by Shalom Baby Jewish childbirth classes, and The Tribe, a young adults group. She launched Temple Beth Sholom’s Mitzvah Day over 23 years ago and has led over 100 adults to become b’nei mitzvah.
Rabbi Pomerantz was the first female president of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Miami in 1998. She has been recognized by the Jewish Museum of Florida with their “Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award,” by the City of Miami Beach as “A Woman to Know,” and as a “Woman of Valor” by the National Council of Jewish Women. She currently serves on the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) National Commission on Social Action and the clergy advisory board of URJ’s Camp Coleman. Rabbi Pomerantz is also a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s rabbinic learning program and participated in AIPAC’s mission for progressive rabbis.
Prior to coming to Temple Beth Sholom, she served as assistant rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of San Francisco and as rabbinic intern at Central Synagogue in New York City. She graduated from Brandeis University Magna Cum Laude with High Honors. Rabbi Pomerantz was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989. In May 2014, Rabbi Pomerantz received a Doctor of Divinity degree, marking twenty-five years in the rabbinate. She is married to Adam Snitzer, and they have three children: Hannah, Danielle and Noah.
When she is not teaching, preaching, counseling or organizing, you might find her riding her bike on North Bay Road, walking her dog, Scout, or catching up with friends and family.
Check out Hope is My Middle Name, a blog from Rabbi Pomerantz.
March 17 – Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz
April 14 – Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff