Gregory Hersh, who graduated the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College this June, will serve as Rabbi of Temple Emmanuel beginning August 1, 2016. Those of us who have met him, find Greg an energetic, sincere and creative person who we feel will bring dynamic leadership to Temple Emmanuel. He will be looking to make connections in the Boston and greater Boston area with other Jewish organizations. Greg is aware of our strong ties to the local community and was very happy to learn of our connection to the Interfaith Clergy Association of Wakefield.
Here is a short auto-biography:
Greg grew up in Connecticut and earned his BA in Philosophy and Religion at George Washington University. After college, setting out to further bridge the gaps between Eastern and Western thought, Greg traveled to Southeast Asia where he taught English, lived in a Buddhist monastery, and explored other Eastern philosophies. The following year was spent in Jerusalem before applying to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he is now in his final year of studies. Since starting at RRC in 2010, Greg participated in Tom Brown's Tracker School which gave him a deeper understanding of Native American philosophy and an intractable love of the wilderness. Integrating his passions for Judaism and nature, Greg was certified by TorahTrek as a Jewish Wilderness Guide in 2013. As the student interim rabbi at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue in Cold Springs Harbor in New York, Greg brought all his passions to his work as he pushed each individual to grow into the best version of themselves. As a Rabbi, Greg will be able to combine his many interests such as music, teaching, and history to his work.
Plans are being made for his formal installation on Saturday evening September 17th and all are invited to the celebration in the fall.
Who We Are
Temple Emmanuel is an open and welcoming Jewish community in Wakefield Massachusetts. We offer a contemporary approach to Judaism while maintaining a respect for traditional Jewish values. We invite all to participate in our active schedule of religious services, educational and cultural events.
In 2013, Temple Emmanuel affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. We are dedicated to creating a caring and inclusive community, and to enhancing Jewish life through learning and communal activities. In doing so we hope to pass on our values and traditions to future generations of Jews.
At Temple Emmanuel our doors are open to all Jews regardless of marital status, race, national origin, gender, economic condition, disability or sexual orientation.
Join us for Shabbat services the 2nd and 4th Friday evening of the month at 7:30 PM and Saturday morning services on the first and third Saturdays of every month. The first Friday of each month features Shabbat Shira, a warm, intimate, joyful, and spiritual Shabbat Service that allows for complete participation.