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Dear Friends, 

It is with mixed emotions that I write today to say that this will be my

last year as the rabbi of the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation. I have

accepted a full time congregational position very close to me in New



Words cannot convey the gratitude I have for the RIJC. You took a

chance on me 11 years ago when I was still in seminary. You raised me

as a rabbi. I have learned so much over these years; but more

importantly, it has been a tremendous privilege to be part of your lives

and stories through celebration, loss, frustration, transition, sickness,

healing and so much learning—not to mention our various locations.

You are a remarkable community. You are a sacred collective. I have

always known that the size of our hearts is greater than our numbers.

The care, compassion and dedication of the RIJC leadership and

members is what makes us who we are. I have been and will always be

proud of this RIJC community. I have absolute confidence that my

resignation will be an opportunity for the RIJC to grow from “strength to



This June will be my last month with the RIJC. Until then, I will continue

to serve as your rabbi with joy. My goal over these remaining

months will be to ensure a smooth transition to your next rabbi and to

help in any way I can throughout the process. It will be my honor to

remain yours in friendship. I will always consider it a blessing to have

been your rabbi. Thank you for everything you have given me.


B’ahava. In Love,