By Elaine Hauptman
After eighteen years of spiritual enrichment, the Jewish community lost their beloved Rabbi Stan Levin to ill health. We are so pleased that he is now recovering and will be able to enjoy his “retirement” in good health. Rabbi Stan officiated at Sabbath services, at Torah studies, and at most Jewish funerals here at Riderwood. He will be greatly missed by all.
Fortunately, the Jewish community at Riderwood had a dynamic search committee headed by Annette Graubart. This committee interviewed many candidates, attended many services and brought two exciting Rabbis to Riderwood Village.
Rabbi Cantor Lisa Levine is a composer, recording artist, poet and author, and fabulous guitar player. Inspired by Debbie Friedman, Reb Lisa earned her music degree from the
University of California, Irvine. She continued her studies in Jerusalem then further sought advanced degrees.
It was at Hebrew Union College-JIRDFSSM in New York that she became ordained with a Master’s degree in sacred music.
As a full time Cantor for thirty years, Reb Lisa served many communities throughout the country. Her constant search for knowledge led her to further her career, and she became ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor. Rabbi Lisa shares her unique experience in Yoga Shalom with communities around the world. This is a worship experience that brings together body, mind and spirit. Rabbi Lisa will be leading the regular Friday night services in the Riderwood Chapel.
In addition to Rabbi Lisa Levine, the search committee has invited Rabbi Devorah (Diana) Lynn to officiate at the High Holy Days services. Rabbi Diana Lynn was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. As a D.C. native, she is a third generation member of Tifereth Israel.
With degrees in anthropology, zoology, and studio art, Rabbi Lynn is truly a renaissance woman. She has had pastoral responsibilities and with multi-faith communities around the world. Rabbi Lynn was the lay leader of the Jewish Community of Bermuda for over a decade and was the Elderhostel director for the island. Working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, Rabbi Lynn is certified to teach Jewish Meditation, Wise Aging, and Mussar. She has been involved with interfaith leadership positions working with Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and B’hai ministries. She is now a chaplain with JSSA.
As the New Year (Rosh Hashanah) approaches, as the summer fades to fall, the entire community will welcome the two new additions to the ministries at Riderwood Village.