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Three Reasons Why Abraham Lincoln Was the Best President for American Jews 2/9

Upcoming Special Event: Feb 9th at 6:30.

Three Reasons Why Abraham Lincoln Was the Best President for American Jews

A Teaching by Rabbi Stephen Karol

Friday, February 9, 2018

Please mark your calendars for this special event upcoming on February 9. Following the early service (6:30 pm) and Kiddush, we are pleased to present a special teaching by Rabbi Stephen Karol, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook. Please mark your calendars and plan to stay a bit later after the early service for this special event. Refreshments will be provided.

We are pleased and honored that Rabbi Karol will be joining us to present this informative teaching. Suitable for fourth grade students and up. Please plan to join us for a memorable evening.

From Rabbi Karol's informal autobiography:

I was ordained as a rabbi in 1977. From 1977 to 1981, I was assistant and then associate rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, New York. My next congregation was Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham, Massachusetts, from 1981 to 2002. I became the Rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, New York, in 2002 and served until 2014, when I retired. I am now a Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation, teach two classes for the Temple, and am a workshop leader at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program at Stony Brook University. In September of 2016, I married Donna Handelman Siani in a ceremony at the Temple conducted by Rabbi Emeritus Adam Fisher and my brother, Rabbi Larry Karol. My daughter Samantha Eve Tananbaum and her husband Rob Tananbaum live in New York City with their dog–and my “grand-dog” Bones. My stepchildren Kendra Rose Siani and Alec Siani live on Long Island.

About Rabbi Karol

Rabbi Stephen A. Karol, a native of Kansas City, has served Temple Isaiah since July 2002. Rabbi Karol holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison; was ordained at the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati; and received Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Doctor of Divinity Degrees from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Karol served Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, NY and Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham, MA before coming to Temple Isaiah.

He was selected as the Village Times Herald’s Man of the Year in Religion in 2006, has served as President of the Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association, is on the board of the Shalom Interfaith Project, and participates in the annual Festival of Films and Faith as a committee member, panel member, and moderator for the films. He belongs to the Suffolk Board of Rabbis and the Long Island Board of Rabbis.

As a member of the Central Conference of Reform Rabbis, Rabbi Karol has been a committee chair, a regional vice-president, and a mentor for younger colleagues transitioning from rabbinical school to the congregational rabbinate. He was also the chair of a national committee for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism), led services at regional biennial conventions, and presented workshops at national biennials.

Rabbi Karol's other recent teachings include:

Ten Tips for ‘Successful’ Jewish Parenting and Grand-parenting

Judaism and the Afterlife

‘Turn, Turn, Turn’: What We Can Learn From the Book of Ecclesiastes

David: From Shepherd Boy to King to Messiah Ancestor

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