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Yom Shlishi, 3 Kislev 5778
  

Welcome from Rabbi David Katz

Welcome to the Temple Isaiah Family! Temple Isaiah is pleased to introduce our new interim spiritual leader Rabbi David Katz. On behalf of the professional staff, lay leaders, and members of our congregation, we want you to know how happy we are that you have chosen to join our community. According to Rabbi Katz, a synagogue should be a place of "spirituality" and also of "imagination". He believes that in addition to fostering contemplation, a synagogue should be a fountain of "delight and joy" and creating that atmosphere must start at the top with the rabbinic leadership.

Ordained in 1981, Rabbi Katz attended Northwestern University and earned a master of arts in Hebrew Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish institute of Religion. He subsequently received formal certification to serve as Interim Rabbi from the CCAR.

According to Rabbi Katz, My role is to come and talk to people and find out what the needs of the congregation are and to make the Temple as fine as can be for the future Rabbi. He is looking forward to working with the lay leadership to move the congregation forward with purpose.

Simchas or Tzures

Whether you have happy news (simchas) or sad news (tzures), we hope you will share it with us. Rabbi Katz likes to know about births, engagements, weddings and other happy occasions, as well as hospitalizations, sicknesses or deaths. As hospital stays are often short and hospitals do not call us when you are admitted, please let us know so the Rabbi can arrange to visit or at least telephone. If you would like him or Rabbi Fisher or Rabbi Karol to officiate at a funeral, please speak to Rabbi Katz before scheduling. The sanctuary is available for weddings and for funeral or memorial services.

CONTACT INFORMATION

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Rabbi Adam D. Fisher, Emeritus

Rabbi Fisher

Adam D. Fisher served as Rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook from 1971  to 2002.  He graduated Colgate University with high honors in Philosophy and Religion in 1962.  In 1967, he received Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was awarded a Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree in 1971, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1992.

Rabbi Fisher is a writer and poet, whose poetry has appeared in a variety of Jewish and general literary journals, including:  Judaism, CCAR Journal, Long Island Quarterly, West Hills Review, and Manhattan Poetry Review.  His books of poems include Rooms, Airy Rooms, (Writers Ink Press, 1988) and Dancing Alone, (Birmingham Wood/LI Quarterly, 1993).

Rabbi Fisher’s short fiction has appeared in The Jewish Spectator and Echoes.  He is also the author of two books of liturgy:  Seder Tu Bishevat, The Festival of Trees, published in 1989 by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and An Everlasting Name, A Service for Remembering the Shoah, published by Behrman House in 1991.

Rabbi Fisher is also the author of the widely-used educational text, My Jewish Year, a book on Jewish holidays and the Home Start series of holiday books for preschool children.  His book, God’s Garden, is a collection of original stories for children.   Rabbi Fisher has also published many scholarly articles, contributed to anthologies, and done translations.

 

Rabbi Stephen A. Karol, Emeritus

IMG 0305Rabbi Stephen A. Karol, a native of Kansas City, has served Temple Isaiah since July 2002. Rabbi Karol holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison; was ordained at the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati; and received Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Doctor of Divinity Degrees from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Karol served Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, NY and Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham, MA before coming to Temple Isaiah.

He was selected as the Village Times Herald’s Man of the Year in Religion in 2006, has served as President of the Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association, is on the board of the Shalom Interfaith Project, and participates in the annual Festival of Films and Faith as a committee member, panel member, and moderator for the films. He belongs to the Suffolk Board of Rabbis and the Long Island Board of Rabbis. 

As a member of the Central Conference of Reform Rabbis, Rabbi Karol has been a committee chair, a regional vice-president, and a mentor for younger colleagues transitioning from rabbinical school to the congregational rabbinate.  He was also the chair of a national committee for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism), led services at regional biennial conventions, and presented workshops at national biennials.