I grew up in Argentina, in a family that was very involved in Jewish life. My father was a rabbi, my mother was a Jewish educator, and my siblings were engaged in the Jewish community and youth Zionist organizations. I was active in my congregation, went daily to a supplemental Religious School after public school, often led services, was part of a youth group, and worked in the congregation as a madrich for younger children.
After high school, I decided to move to Israel and study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I lived, studied, and worked there for 7 years, during which I obtained my BA in International Relations and in General Studies in Humanities. More importantly, there I met Andrea, my wife, and together we moved to Mexico City, where we lived for the next 5 years working as Jewish educators. Andrea taught the toddlers in the day school, while I taught middle and high school classes in a Jewish day school. Once again, I became involved in my congregation, assuming several roles. This led me (and Andrea, and our 5 months-old twins, Eyal and Maaian) to move again to join Rabbinic School at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH.
I learned and enjoyed serving different congregations throughout the Midwest as a Student Rabbi. But, being a Spanish speaker, I was encouraged to serve in a Spanish speaking country, where Reform Judaism is still small and in need of help. So, after 4 years in Cincinnati, after I obtained the Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and the Rabbinic Ordination, our family moved to Spain. There, I became the rabbi of the country’s first and sole Reform congregation in Barcelona.
In Barcelona, we had 3 intense years of great experiences, with challenges, growth, good friendships, and several goals met. But we decided that the family life we wanted, the Jewish life we wanted, and the professional life we wanted was best found with a certain type of congregation and social environment back in the USA.
In 2004, the five of us (now with Dylan) settled in Holly Springs, NC, as I became Beth Shalom’s rabbi. Here, we found a congregation, which shared our goals: To create a warm community, in which Judaism is explored, learned, lived and enjoyed. Very importantly, we found a congregation which shared our approach and priorities for doing this; a congregation with an open mind and welcoming attitude, aware and appreciative of our diverse backgrounds that focused on our common goals; a congregation with an understanding that a congregation and a community is built and sustained by each of us making personal commitments and becoming personally involved, each in our own ways and according to our abilities.
Beth Shalom has a vision, which is also my vision: To live with tradition, education, community, religion, and Mitzvah; to add meaning and purpose to our life; to connect with nature, with people and community, and with God.
I have varied personal interests, which include archeology and ancient history, Mediterranean food, nature, science, soccer, world music, and writing. I enjoy being a rabbi because, in addition to all that I have already mentioned, it also allows me and encourages me to be permanently engaged with people of all ages and all styles. Just as now you know a little about me, I look forward to knowing a little about you. My door is always open, and I will be glad if you stop by to say, “Hello” at any time. And I hope you find being involved and part of our congregation as rewarding as I do.
Rabbi Edery’s Inspiration
Sermons and Devar-Torah (Commentaries) Delivered at Beth Shalom
Devar-Torah (Commentary) from High Holy Days 5776
Interesting Articles and Videos from the Web
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A great animated presentation of one of the central parts of Passover – show it to your children!
A short video presenting the organizations and the issues we are called to be engaged in. T’ruah’s name is referring to the sound of the Shofar, intended to awaken our conscience into action.
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Rabbi’s Book Corner
People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks
Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called “a tour de force”by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century S pain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding -an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.
This is one more great book by Rabbi Sonsino, who is a fellow Reform Rabbi (now Emeritus), whom I have the pleasure to know, as we shared experiences doing rabbinic work in Argentina and in Spain.
As he did in his previous books (Finding God, What Happens After I Die?) Rabbi Sonsino offers an engaging presentation of the major paths to spirituality Judaism, and the differing way each path can help us on our quest to nourish the soul and enlighten the mind.
Acts of transcendence, prayer, meditation, study, ritual, relationship and good deeds…which is the best path for you? How can you follow it?