SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale is inviting the community to participate in a “TED-style” forum, during which the temple's clergy will give short speeches to provide the public with insights into their passion, goals and hopes for the future of Judaism.
New Rabbi Marcus L. Burstein and Assistant Rabbi David E. Levy will join current clergy members Rabbi Jonathan E. Blake, Senior Cantor Jill Abramson and Associate Cantor Mia Fram Davidson at the event, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
Blake said the evening was inspired by the online TEDTalks, which looks to spread “riveting talks by remarkable people.”
“It will be three rabbis and two cantors to inspire the audience, share personal stories and fuse it with Jewish learning and music; all in 15 minutes or less,” he said. “It’s a wonderful format and a great way to meet the new clergy team.”
Burstein joined the Westchester Reform Temple last month, after most recently serving as the union rabbi for the East District of the Union for Reform Judaism. During his time with the URJ, Burstein specialized in clergy placement, contracts, conflict resolution, visioning and leadership development. He has also previously worked at large temples in New Jersey and Virginia.
Levy, who was recently ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, also joined the Westchester Reform Temple last month. He served as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the University of Connecticut before earning a master's degree in religious education. He has worked as a part of the clergy and education team at various congregations in New York and New Jersey.
Following the forum, there will be a dessert reception and Havdalah. The evening will conclude with meditative Selichot service complete with music and prayer in contemplation of the High Holy Days.