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“How Outreach Enriched My Rabbinate And Gives Me Hope For The Future” will be the topic of Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Stephen Einstein

Friday, May 17, 2024 9 Iyar 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMUniversity Synagogue

7:00 p.m.  “How Outreach Enriched My Rabbinate And Gives Me Hope For The Future” will be the topic of Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Stephen Einstein, Founding Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation B’nai Tzedek of Fountain Valley. Rabbi Einstein taught the Introduction to Judaism class in Orange County for 41 years and many University Synagogue members are his former students.  Outreach has truly changed the face of Judaism in America and has enriched us all. 

Rabbi Einstein was born and reared in Southern California, and is a cum laude-Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA.  He was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he also earned his doctorate.  Mentor to many rabbinical students, in recognition of his years of service, the College-Institute also awarded him an honorary doctorate.  

Rabbi Einstein was Vice President of Member Services of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, having previously served for 12 years on the Conference’s Ethics Committee, 6 years as Chair. For many years, he also sat on the Ethics Process Review Committee.   He is Past President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, the Orange County Board of Rabbis, and the Orange County Bureau of Jewish Education.  He is currently on the Board of CSP (Community Scholar Program) and the Anti-Defamation League.  He was the recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s Micah Award for Human Relations, and, in  2014, the Orange County Human Relations Committee tendered him their Legacy Award.

He taught Orange County’s Community-wide Introduction to Judaism class from 1976 to 2017. He is co-editor of Introduction to Judaism: A Sourcebook, which was used in basic Judaism courses throughout North America for over three decades.  He is also co-author of Every Person’s Guide to Judaism.  For over two decades, he served as Co-chair of Reform Judaism’s Commission on Outreach, Membership, and Sacred Community.  Dr. Einstein has taught at California State University, Fullerton in the Department of Comparative Religion.  He is Board Chair of the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din.

Active in interfaith affairs, he is Past President  of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, served on the Interfaith Advisory Committee of Alzheimer’s OC, and is an active member of the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue.  He is on the Board of CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) and is a volunteer Chaplain for the Fountain Valley Police Department. For three years, he served as Chair of the Governing Board of Fountain Valley Regional Hospital.  A prior School Board Trustee, he was a member of the Personnel Commission of the Fountain Valley School District from 1990-2017. He now serves on the Board of the Fountain Valley Schools Foundation. He represents the 70th Assembly District on the Central Committee of the California Democratic Party.  Rabbi Einstein is listed in Who’s Who in America.

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