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Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson serves as Education Director at Temple Israel, a community that has long been her home. Before receiving rabbinic ordination and an MA in Jewish education from Hebrew College, she served in numerous roles at TI including: Rabbinic Intern, Community Organizer, Curriculum Writer, and educator in the Religious School and teen program. Her experience with Jewish education has been rounded out by her roles as education director at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, curriculum director at BBYO’s teen summer program “Kallah,” and curriculum consultant and trainer for Keshet, a national organization working for full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life. Before attending rabbinical school, Rabbi Jacobson was on the path to become a scholar of Jewish Philosophy, receiving a MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School, a BA from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA from Columbia University along the way. Rabbi Jacobson is passionate about ensuring that our community is inclusive and just, that our educational programs allow students to bring their whole selves, and that our prayer is meaningful, authentic and full of immense joy. She is enormously excited to bring this passion, joy, and love of Jewish education into her rabbinate at Temple Israel. Her door is always open for conversation, study, and new connections.

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Remembrance as a Survival Tactic in an Age of Hatred

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On September 24, 2017
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  • anti-semitisim, Genesis, High Holy Days, politics, Rabbi Jacobson, Rosh Hashanah, Sermon
Some call Rosh Hashanah Yom Hazikaron , “The Day of Remembrance.” In the Talmud, Rabbi Eliezer teaches: “On Rosh HaShana Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah were remembered by God and conceived; on Rosh HaShana Joseph came out from prison; on Rosh HaShana our forefathers’ slavery in Egypt ceased.”(1) Today is the day when God keeps God’s […]
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Trump is President and We are Awake

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On January 20, 2017
  • 2 Comments
  • Exodus, politics
    Today is Friday, January 20th, 2017. Today Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. This Shabbat, Jews everywhere read parashat shemot, our book of freedom. The book that gives us the image of a parted sea, a mixed multitude crossing together in song. The book that gives […]
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Surviving the Babble (And this Election)

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On November 5, 2016
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  • Clergy, Election, Genesis, Rabbi Jacobson
  This sermon was delivered at Temple Israel on Friday, November 4th, 2016.  I’m quite terrible at learning languages. Nothing causes me more panic than staring slack jawed at a well meaning foreign speaker. Or that empty headed feeling when I can’t remember the right vocabulary. I enjoy eloquence. I married an English professor and […]
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Ecclesiastes for a Bat Mitzvah

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On October 22, 2016
  • 1 Comments
This morning I officiated at the b’not mitzvah (note: plural, feminine Hebrew) of two incredible young women. Trying to be clever, I updated Ecclesiastes’ famous “To everything there is a season” poem so that it would speak to a 13 year old. Some where along the line I realized that maybe this speaks to us all… _________________________________________________________________________________________ […]
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A “Living” Prayer

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On September 1, 2015
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A “Living” Prayer: Elul as Preparation for a Meaningful High Holiday Season Today is September 1st – the edges of the leaves are taking on a reddish tint, the school buses are rolling through our towns and vacation away messages are being replaced by work emails and carpool schedules. However, though the secular world is […]
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