Rabbi Kraus’ vision for Beth El is of a warm, welcoming and vibrant Jewish religious community that does its best to express the values of Judaism in every area of its life. He believes that the congregation’s shared life is always at its best when firmly rooted in a creative, highly participatory and deeply felt embrace of Jewish religious learning and living. Whether wrestling with profound questions of meaning, working for social justice, nurturing strong and sustaining relationships, singing, celebrating, creating, laughing, grieving, eating, praying, learning, healing or just wondering together, Rabbi Kraus’ highest aspiration is to help lead a holy Jewish community.
I look forward to meeting many of you over the next weeks and months. And I hope you will say hello and forgive me if I don't remember everyone's name right away. As I prepare to join you at Beth El, I am also preparing for my second High Holy Days as the Spiritual Leader at Shir Hadash in Florence, Italy. This small congregation became part of the World Union for Progressive Judaism in 2003 when a group of Italians and Americans sought an alternative to the Orthodox community in Florence.
Stay tuned for a bio of Cantor Treitman when she returns from Florence.