June 3, 2019 - Shabbat Sermon: Rabbi Satz
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My life as a rabbi has taken me from the American Midwest (I grew up in St. Louis and went to HUC-JIR Cincinnati), to the East Coast (Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ), to the West Coast (Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, CA), and now to Toronto (my wife’s native city).
At Holy Blossom I have the honour to work with our adult learners, those passionate about social justice, lovers of Israel, and our compassionate congregants in our Bikkur Cholim committee. Lately, I have taken an interest in the study and practice of Mussar, a Jewish spiritual path focused on building up our positive character traits—in other words, how to be a mentch.
I love to play guitar, especially with HBT’s Neginah Band, and I dream of the day that my rabbinical school band the Minor Prophets gets back together. I am a wannabe connoisseur of Chinese tea, but, most importantly, I am married to Rabbi Janice Elster, and we are the parents of Eitan and Ammiel Elster-Satz.
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