The Fred and Elsie Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence program allows various educators to bring their knowledge and insight on topics such as Judaism, Israel, Social Justice, and more, to our Congregation.
The Scholar-in-Residence Weekends are made possible through the Fred and Elise Deutsch Endowment Fund. The Congregation would also like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch and their families for their continuous generous support for the Scholar-in-Residence Weekend.
Rabbi Mike Comins grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He made aliyah (moving to Israel) at age 26. It was during his time in Israel that he combined his love of nature and Jewish text. In 1996, he was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Israeli Rabbinical Program. Upon returning to the United States in 1998, Rabbi Comins participated in several two-year institutes for rabbis: The Mindfulness Leadership Training and the first rabbinic cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Comins brings to our congregation his spiritual dynamics approach to learning and practice of Judaism.
Making Prayer Real
Friday August 3rd, 6:00 p.m. – Congregation Shaare Emeth
Kabbalat Shabbat Sermon
Rabbi Mike Comins beleives that one key to transforming synagogue worship is to spend less time thinking about what happens up front on the bema, and more time on what happens in the hearts of those who pray. He interviewed over 50 spiritual leaders on their prayer lives for his book, Making Prayer Real. Rabbi Comins shares the wisdom and best practices he gleaned to enliven and deepen our practice of prayer.
Listening for the “Still, Small Voice”
Saturday August 4th – Congregation Shaare Emeth
9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – Program
Does it make a difference to read Torah in the place where the events occurred? As rabbi and Israeli desert guide, Mike Comins brings his experience of walking the Sinai and Negev deserts to the interpretation of Jewish texts. Together we study the famous journey of Elijah to Horeb, another name for Mt. Sinai (I Kings, 19) where he hears the “still, small voice.” We will discuss this moving passage in the Hebrew Bible to reflect on the dynamics of listening deeply for God’s presence.