How can we reform the rabbinic system to better reflect the reality that today’s congregational rabbis now juggle dozens of diverse roles as they lead their communities? Rabbi Jeremy Fine argues that the ... diversity of roles a rabbi must now play requires a change in rabbinic education, a change in the minds of rabbis, and creative innovation within synagogue structure. Taking cues from the role of the quarterback on a football team, Rabbi Fine offers a vision for the changing role of the congregational rabbi in the 21st century. See lessSee more
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A recent editorial in the Forward demonstrates how much the American rabbinate has changed in the 21st century. The economy has made it difficult for many rabbis to find good jobs; and for them to keep good jobs when the synagogue or organization falls on tough financial times.
In Israel, there's a fierce campaign being waged over control of the Chief Rabbinate, a powerful institution that regulates the lives of Israeli Jews from birth to death and a great deal in between.
In a way, I have been close to the Conservative rabbinate for 100 years - that is, if one adds my 45 years in one congregation in Metuchen, N.J., to the 42 years my father served as a Conservative rabbi in a congregation in Columbus, Ohio, followed by another 25 years into his 90s in several South Florida shuls.
Associate Rabbi | Temple of Aaron (Saint Paul, MN)
Rabbi Jeremy Fine is currently the Associate Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received rabbinic ordination and earned an MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also holds a Mini-MBA from St. Thomas University and a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University. In 2014, Rabbi Fine was named one of the Jewish Daily Forward’s list of “Most Inspiring Rabbis.” He is the creator of TheGreatRabbino.com, a platform to interact with Jewish athletes and sporting experiences.