Midrash Shabbat


Jonathan SteinMAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is an advocacy organization dedicated to ensure that hungry people have access to nutritious food today and demands government policies assure no one goes hungry tomorrow.

Rabbi Jonathan Stein currently serves as Secretary of the national Board of MAZON and will be our featured speaker.

We wish to thank Susy and Ira Lerner for graciously sponsoring this month’s Kiddush Luncheon in honor of their birthdays.

About Rabbi Jonathan Stein

Jonathan Stein, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shaaray Tefila of New York City, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in Economics in 1969. He was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1975. He served as Senior Rabbi of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation from 1978-1994 and as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel of San Diego from 1994-2001. He served Congregation Shaaray Tefila from 2001 until his retirement in June, 2014.

Rabbi Stein currently serves as Secretary of the national Board of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. He is a Past President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) from 2011-2013, and was editor for the CCAR Journal for 6 years. Previously Rabbi Stein taught on the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and was a member of the HUC-JIR Admissions committee. He has served as chair of the Commission on Jewish Education of Reform Judaism and as chair of the CCAR ad-Hoc Committee on Human Sexuality.

In the general community, Rabbi Stein has served as a Board member and officer of more than 40 organizations, including chair of the Board of the United Way of San Diego, president of Operation Understanding, the Marion County Commission on Youth and the Indiana Interreligious Commission on Human Equality as well as a member of the San Diego Human Relations Commission. He has been recognized as an honorary member of the National Association of Temple Educators and as a life member of the North American Federation of Temple Youth. He has been honored by the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Rabbi Stein has been married to Susan Pollock Stein, a teacher and Educational Therapist, for over 46 years. The Steins have two married daughters and four grandchildren. In retirement they reside in both New York and San Diego.

Child care will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. and throughout the learning session.

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