Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Rabbi Joins Congregation Hesed Shel Emet

Rabbi Ira M. Flax
Blogger's Note: The following was provided by Congregation Hesed Shel Emet.

Congregation Hesed Shel Emet is pleased to welcome its new spiritual leader, Rabbi Ira M. Flax. 

Rabbi Flax joins the congregation after a career as a United States Air Force Chaplain, where he served for 26 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2008. 

Following his retirement from the Air Force, he was a visiting scholar and Jewish educator to various congregations and educational institutions in the south. 

 Rabbi Flax is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University. He graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and also attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He was ordained in 1988.

“Our congregation has existed for over 110 years in Pottstown,” says congregation president, Amy Wolf. “Like many other synagogues in America right now, we are at a turning point - reinventing ourselves, while remaining true to our roots in Conservative Judaism.”

“Rabbi Flax brings a fresh point of view,” continued Wolf. “Being a military chaplain, he has the ability to minister to a wide variety of folks from different backgrounds and religions. Yet he is deeply rooted in his love of Judaism. We are excited to implement some of the new ideas he has for our congregation.”

“My wife, Vicki, and I are so excited to be a part of the Hesed Shel Emet community,” said Rabbi Flax. “We look forward to many years of celebrations with our new family here in Pottstown.”

Rabbi Flax will lead the High Holiday services this September, along with Cantor David Schachter. A full listing of High Holiday services and times can be found on the congregation website at www.hesedshelemet.org

The congregation welcomes guests and out-of-towners for the High Holidays, with no charge for tickets.

Congregation Hesed Shel Emet (previously Congregation Mercy and Truth) is located at 575 North Keim Street in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 

 For more information, call the synagogue office at 610-326-1717 or email president@hesedshelemet.org

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