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Friday, December 15, 2017

Our Mission

We are a diverse, egalitarian, and inclusive community of Jews and interfaith families.  We joyfully embrace Judaism as a way of life through prayer, music, social action, celebrating Jewish holidays, lifelong learning, and life cycle events.  Through these activities, we seek to promote spiritual growth, moral values, and the social welfare of our community.

 

 

 

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Rabbi Roger Lerner has led his congregation, Temple B'nai B'rith of Kingston, PA for almost ten years. A graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Lerner has not only faithfully served his congregation this past decade, he has been extremely active in the broader community.  Locally, he had served as President of the Wyoming Valley Interfaith Council for six years, spearheading many innovative programs of local and national interest. Rabbi also serves on the boards of the Family Service Association, The Ethics Institute at Misericordia, and Dinners 4 Kids.  Outside of the Wyoming Valley, Rabbi serves as President of the Delaware Valley Association of Reform Rabbis and as a board member on the Union of Councils of Society Jewry (which seeks to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Eurasia).  Other activities include having been a part-time Chaplain at Chase prison for six years and at Geisinger Hospital for two years, as well as volunteering at the JCC camp during the summer and throughout the community in various capacities.
         Rabbi Lerner has sought to exemplify not only some of the basic tenets of Reform Judaism, which includes a pluralistic and egalitarian approach to community, but also has heeded the prophetic call heralded on the front of our building; “Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with thy God.”  Under Rabbi Lerner’s leadership and in concert with our vibrant Social Action Committee, we have taken this message to the heart of our congregation, expressing it in a varity of community-wide social action projects that truly make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in our small community.
         Among his many other responsibilities, Rabbi Lerner is also the proud father of three children who mean the world to him. They are beacons of light who continually remind him of the Native American proverb that teaches us, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
     Rabbi Lerner is honored to continue to serve Temple B'nai B'rith and be part of its 172 year history. The Wyoming Valley is an incredibly special place and a wonderful community to raise a family.  A community is truly made up of a chorus of different voices and Rabbi is honored to add his voice to the mix.

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