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July 14, 2017  RSS feed

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Interim rabbi to assume responsibilities at Congregation Kol Ami in August

Rabbi Howard Siegel Rabbi Howard Siegel Conservative Congregation Kol Ami in north Tampa will welcome Rabbi Howard Siegel as interim rabbi for the upcoming year, beginning in August.

Rabbi Siegel is coming to Tampa from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rabbi Siegel and his wife, Dr. Ellen Lefkowitz, will be at the Shabbat services on Friday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m., with an oneg to follow, then will be at Shabbat services on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 9:30 a.m., with a kiddush luncheon to follow. The Brotherhood and Sisterhood will host a meet and greet session for the couple on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m., including a brunch.

Rabbi Siegel has served as an interim pulpit rabbi in three different congregations, most recently for three years at Beth Tikvah Congregation in the Vancouver area. His priorities are focused on community building, outreach and education, according to a biography provided by Kol Ami.

The rabbi, who grew up in Spokane, WA, said his involvement in Jewish summer camps motivated him to become a rabbi.

He began his career as a public school teacher and then attended the University of Judaism followed by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he earned his Master of Arts in Judaica and was ordained.

Rabbi Siegel was founding director of the Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis, the interim Hillel director for the University of Minnesota, the assistant rabbi/educational director of Congregation Beth Israel in Vancouver, and a teacher in Portland, OR. He also served as a chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Rabbi Siegel has been widely published and he has been active in many professional organizations, including the Rabbinical Assembly, Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, National Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds, National UJC Rabbinic Cabinet and Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Siegel is replacing Rabbi Bob Judd, who after 7 years leaves to pursue a doctorate in Chassadic teachings degree at Jewish Theological Seminary. He will also serve a congergation in Brooklyn.

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