Temple Israel of Sharon will officially install Rabbi Joseph Ron Fish as its new senior rabbi on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm at Temple Israel, 125 Pond Street, Sharon, MA. The installation will be held leading into the first night of Hanukkah, initiating a weeklong synagogue celebration of rededication and renewal. The temple membership will gather to celebrate the joyous occasion along with leaders in the Sharon and Jewish communities.
Rabbi Fish, the son of a Conservative rabbi, received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in New York. Rabbi Fish comes to Temple Israel after having served as rabbi of two different communities, first Congregation Tikvoh Chadoshoh in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and more recently for 14 years at Congregation Beth El in Norwalk, Connecticut. Reflecting upon his enthusiasm for joining the Temple Israel community, Rabbi Fish says:
“This community is a dream come true for me and my family. We feel we have found our new sanctuary and extended family. The way in which we have been embraced by so many reflects the warmth and dedication of this remarkable synagogue. We are proud to call Temple Israel our home.”
Sunday’s installation event will kick-off a week of festivities. The featured keynote speaker will be Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, a prominent leader in the Masorti movement in Israel (the Israeli equivalent of the Conservative movement in the United States). Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum is an innovative Jewish ritual and spiritual leader, and an advocate of human rights. Entertainment will be provided by Israeli musicians associated with Berklee College of Music. A festive latke and dessert reception will follow the installation.
A packed schedule of events to celebrate a new future with Rabbi Fish as the spiritual leader reflects the excitement felt by all facets of the synagogue and its thriving membership. Rabbi Fish said:
“Temple Israel is more than a shul. It is a cornerstone of Conservative Jewish life for the entire South Area. We are proud to represent the best of our movement. This is reflected both in the depth of Jewish engagement that can be found here, as well as in the open arms and spirit of inclusion that pervades everything we do.”
Events during the week of celebration will include several Hanukkah parties with different synagogue groups: the Sisterhood, the youth groups, the seniors’ group Hazak, and the Hertz Nursery School. A morning of teaching will be led by visiting educator Dr. Erica Brown and one morning will feature a kugel cook-off. The final event of this celebration will be a special Shabbat evening service on December 11. Complete details for all of the events can be found on the synagogue’s website at www.tisharon.org/installation.
In honor of Rabbi Fish joining Temple Israel, a special donation was made to fund “A Little Free Library” (http://littlefreelibrary.org/) on synagogue grounds. Recognizing Rabbi Fish through a free library promoting literacy and love of reading is entirely fitting, because not only is he now a teacher in the community, but he is also the eternal student. In fact Rabbi Fish is currently working on a doctorate in Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
About Temple Israel of Sharon
Temple Israel of Sharon is a welcoming egalitarian Conservative synagogue where a Jewish path can begin or continue in the company of a caring and loving community. With 650 families, Temple Israel is the largest synagogue in the South Area of Boston, offering a diversity of programs and nurturing spiritual, educational, social, and cultural growth in its active membership. For more information about membership or programs, please call 781-784-3986 or visit www.tisharon.org.
125 Pond St
Sharon, MA 02067