Arthur Starr becomes Congregation's new Rabbi

Rabbi Arthur Starr
Rabbi Arthur Starr
      Rabbi Arthur Starr is the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas' new spiritual leader. He recently retired after 31 years as the Rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Manchester, N.H., and then was named Rabbi Emeritus at Adath Yeshurun.
      Rabbi Starr graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Political Science. He spent a year studying in Jerusalem and received a BHL and an MHL degree. He was ordained a rabbi at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1969.
      After serving two years as the Deputy Post Chaplain at the U.S. Army Air Defense Center at Fort Bliss, Texas, he moved to Manchester to assume his pulpit, which he held for more than three decades. While in Manchester, he served on numerous boards and committees, including chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Violence in the Schools, the Pastoral Care Advisory Board and the IRB of the Elliot Hospital.
      He was deeply involved in interfaith activities. He twice chaired the Clergy Associations, started an interfaith clergy study group and an Arab-Jewish dialogue group and befriended and helped the emerging Moslem population form their new Mosque.
      Rabbi Starr has served as president of the Northeast Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, was on its national board and chaired the youth commission. He has been a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Manchester and received the National Rabbinic Leadership Award from the National UJA.
      A passionate friend of Israel, Rabbi Starr has visited there more than 20 times, leading interfaith groups and co-founding the Shalom Center for Jewish Christian Dialogue at Notre Dame College with Dr. Phillip Cunningham.
      For the last two and a half years, Rabbi Starr has been involved with "Synagogue 2000," a study and action program of worship reform, and has begun, with members of the synagogue, transforming worship services into moments of joy and spirituality.