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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.

Synagogue clean-up day: Jan. 22, 8-11am
   This time around, we'll need lots of hands to help clean the sanctuary and the storage area under the stairs.
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2012-01-17 20:10:32
Shabbaton in St. John January 28 with Rabbi Moch and Cantorial Student Rachel Harrison
   Join us on St. John to celebrate Shabbat with story-telling, singing, sand and water. This is a family day, with activities for all! RSVP now to 774-4312.
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2012-01-17 20:08:24
MLK service honors seven high schoolers
   The Hebrew Congregation honored seven special high school students at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat service, which focuses community attention on young people who are attempting to live Dr. King's dream.
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2011-01-11 14:37:25
Rosh Hashanah care packages sent to kids away
   Holiday care packages connected our Congregation with young people away at college or in the military. Adam Ringel, for one, was delighted.
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2010-09-17 13:25:30
Hanukkah party closed out a wonderful yearAranah and Judah Macabee
   The holidays have come to an end, the Roman Calendar has ushered in its new decade and I look back on my first year as a member of the Hebrew Congregation with pride and joy in being a part of such a dynamic, caring group of people.
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2010-01-05 11:02:10
Max Nickbarg wins national sailing trophy
   Mazal tov to Max Nickbarg for winning the prestigious Cress Trophy at the recent National High School Single-handed Laser Championship competition in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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2009-11-18 11:06:28
Dee Greene Fund helps make Phebe's study affordable
   Thanks to a grant from the Synagogue's Dee Greene Fund, a prestigious summer program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is a little more manageable for this art teacher.
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2009-06-26 12:29:07
Pesach packages are a hit with 18-24 year oldsDylan Rosenberg, one happy recipient
   Rabbi Moch and a group of congregants put together a package of goodies for college students and military personnel away for the holidays -- and the response was great!
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2009-04-29 14:19:11
Social Action Committee needs you!
   The congregation's Social Action Committee has put out a call for volunteers. This is a very important committee that can and does make a difference for our community.
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2009-04-20 12:23:31

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