Yom Shemot 'Day of Names' Sunday December 21 from 9:30 - Noon
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Please join us for Friday evening Shabbat service at 7:30 pm on December 26
On Shabbat morning Saturday December 27 worship services are at 10 am

Home Rabbi Emeritus Joel E Soffin
Rabbi Emeritus Joel E Soffin

Rabbi Emeritus Joel E. Soffin served as the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom for twenty-seven years from 1979 to his retirement in June of 2006. Before entering rabbinical school, he pursued a PhD in economics. He was ordained in 1976 at HUC-JIR and served as an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT before taking the pulpit in Succasunna.
Rabbi Soffin has a passion for social action and Tikkun Olam projects, combined with a search for spirituality and holiness in life. In addition to serving as a member of the Commission on Social Action of the Reform Movement for 15 years, he had undertaken many projects with the congregation of Temple Shalom: adopting the Jews in a Ukrainian Shtetl and restoring their Synagogue and cemetery; traveling to Mendoza, Argentina to support the Jewish community during their time of financial crisis; supporting the ‘Chicken Project’ which helped the campesinos in El Salvador; and founding Shalom Ethiopia and The Million Quarter Project after seeing first-hand the conditions of Ethiopian Jewish Children in Addis Ababa to name just a few. Rabbi Soffin was also the creator of the Reform Movement’s Adult Mitzvah Corps which has traveled to locations in Kentucky, New Jersey, Vermont, Tennessee, Louisiana and Jerusalem.
As Rabbi Emeritus, members of Temple Shalom will have the opportunity to participate in future social action projects as well as experience his creative and challenging teaching style in the years ahead. Rabbi Emeritus Soffin resides in New York City with his wife, Sandy, a computer analyst.

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Service Schedule

Friday, December 26
7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Worship
Saturday, December 27
10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship
Parshah: Vayigash, Genesis: 44:18-47:27
Friday, January 2
7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Worship
Saturday, January 3
10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship
Parshah: Va'yechi, Genesis 47:28 - 50:26
Friday, January 9
7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Worship
Saturday, January 10
10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship
Parshah: Shemot, Exodus 1:1 - 6:1