Standing up to Hate – Standing Up to Anti-Semitism

Divrei Shalom

Yom Kippur Morning

October 5, 2014

Rabbi Eric S. Gurvis

Standing Up to Hate – Standing Up to Anti-Semitism 

As many of you know, from 1987 until 1992, our family made its home in Jackson, Mississippi while I served as the rabbi of Jackson’s only synagogue.  In a sea of some 500 churches, Beth Israel Congregation was the lone Jewish outpost.  Living and working in what many called the “Buckle of the Bible Belt” was an incredible experience for me as a rabbi.  Having served a total of six years on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at Temple Shaaray Tefila as the Student Rabbi, Assistant Rabbi and finally Associate Rabbi, Jackson was a true step out of the familiar for Laura and me. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in New York and just days later set out for Jackson.  We were two Jews from New York, about to encounter life…

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