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Kauai Jews Welcome Returning Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

2017 August 25
by Jeff

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

Kauai Jews and the Jewish Community of Kauai will again welcome guest Rabbi Aryeh Azriel for High Holidays 2017. Aryeh brings broad experience and incredible warmth as he and his wife Elyce join us from Omaha.

Rabbi Aryeh was selected in 2016 by the JCK board after a comprehensive search and the interviews of seven potential candidates by board members Carol Pescaia, Marty Kahn and Jeff Tucker. We are lucky indeed to welcome him back to lead this year’s services.

Rabbi Aryeh is currently a Scholar in Residence at Countryside Community Church where he will be offering a Jewish understanding of Hebrew Scriptures. He has also accepted a position of adjunct lecturer, at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, in the religion department.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Rabbi Aryeh served as Senior Rabbi at Omaha’s Temple Israel from 1988-2016. His many remarkable Jewish experiences also include:

  • Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha. Rabbi Aryeh has been a focal visionary of this globally unique project that will locate a synagogue, church and mosque together on one campus with a common desire to foster mutual understanding, respect and friendship.
  • Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College, 2008.
  • Recipient of the Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award in 1993.
  • 1997 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Living the Dream Award, recognizing his continuing work on building cooperation with projects such as the Mitzvah Garden, Black/Jewish Dialogue and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Human Relations Award from the Omaha Education Association.
  • Associate Rabbi at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, until 1988.
  • Received his ordination and Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1983 from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
  • Counselor at OSRUI, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, in 1973.

Articles about Rabbi Aryeh:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/us/tri-faith-initiative-omaha-nebraska/
http://www.omaha.com/news/kelly-rabbi-azriel-s-interfaith-work-builds-bridges-for-omaha/article_0b7931a9-c810-59f2-b5e3-254cc4eb7aca.html
http://omahamagazine.com/2014/05/10257/
http://www.omaha.com/news/kelly-rabbi-azriel-s-interfaith-work-builds-bridges-for-omaha/article_0b7931a9-c810-59f2-b5e3-254cc4eb7aca.html

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