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Third Clergy Search Committee: Meet Rabbi Blustin

Friday: Kabbalat Shabbat Ritual with WJC – 5:30-6:30pm

Join us for an hour of prayer, meditation, singing and togetherness as we welcome Shabbat with a Rhythm & Ruach style service led by Rabbi Arnowitz, Cantor Goldberg and Rabbi Sam Blustin. Rabbi Blustin is a candidate for our 3rd clergy position.

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Saturday: Havdalah – 9:15pm

Rabbi Sam Blustin, candidate for our 3rd clergy position, will lead us in the traditional Havdalah ritual that leads us out of Shabbat and into the rest of the week.

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Sunday: Sermon and Q&A with Rabbi Sam Bluster at 10:00am

This meeting will start at 10:00am with Rabbi Blustin delivering a sermon on Saturday’s parsha “Vayakhel-Pekudei.” This will be in place of hearing him deliver the sermon on Saturday morning. Following the sermon Marty Marcus and Mia Mandel will conduct a Q&A the way we did last week. We hope you will join us to get to know Rabbi Blustin better and gauge how he might fit as a member of our clergy team.

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About Rabbi Blustin

Rabbi Blustin, who was born in Minneapolis, received a B.S. in Computer science from the University of Minnesota and studied at the Conservative Yeshiva and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He expects to be ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary this May, and to receive a Certificate in Prayer and Ritual based on a thesis on the Art of Creating Meaningful Prayer Experiences. He is co-founder of a monthly egalitarian singing-centric Friday night minyan that attracts 30-60 participants ages 20—30 and of a men’s group that explores how to create communities that model healthy expressions of masculinity. He has served as a Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Or Ami in Houston, Rabbinic Intern and T’fillah Song Leader at Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle, Head Song Leader and Prayer Leader at Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, Passover Gabbai at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia and Head Song Leader at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. At Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis, he was High Holiday Prayer Leader in the main service, created and led family services, and created and led high school programming for the High Holidays. At Ansche Chesed in New York, he served as Family Services Leader for children grades K-2 and their parents, and, as Youth Director, has planned and facilitated a bi-monthly class for teens and built a 20’s and 30’s community of congregants. As the Hillel Shabbat Intern at the Minnesota Hillel, he created and led an instrument-driven prayer service and initiated alternative Shabbat experiences, including Yoga services. He has also participated in the Hebrew Chant Intensive at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. He writes music, plays the guitar and dabbles in Musar.

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