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In their own words: Tucson rabbis talk about their calling

cover art_section bThe High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are prime time for rabbis. On these Days of Awe, above all others, sanctuaries are filled to overflowing with Jews seeking spiritual connection or simply to embrace timeless traditions. With all eyes upon them, rabbis lead their congregations through the holiday liturgy and deliver sermons aimed to inspire and elevate.  Early this summer, before local rabbis began to craft those sermons, the AJP asked them to write a brief essay about what drew them to their calling and the joys and challenges they’ve encountered since. Their candid answers will charm, enlighten and possibly even surprise you.

Rabbi Stephanie Aaron

Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Rabbi Israel Becker

Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin

Rabbi Helen Cohn

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Rabbi David Ebstein

Rabbi Robert Eisen

Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz

Rabbi Thomas Louchheim

Rabbi Yossie Shemtov

Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman