Rabbi: People are looking for ‘a spiritual experience

Rabbi Arthur Stern comes to Congregation Temple Israel in Springfield at a momentous time.

Road to recovery leads to becoming a rabbi

Arthur Stern’s first full-time position as a rabbi is at Temple Israel in Springfield. For Stern, it’s a major shift in his profession. And for the faith center, it symbolizes a shift in philosophy. Stern draws from a storied past when it comes to his approach to religion.

Rabbi Barry Marks: Season of our freedom, Passover, as arrived

This coming Saturday evening at sundown, Jews around the world will begin the week-long celebration of Passover, the festival that commemorates the Israelites’ release from slavery and their Exodus from Egypt.

Rabbi Barry Marks: Danger and opportunity

A familiar saying that you and I have heard many times over proclaims that a crisis is a situation that represents both danger and opportunity. Trite and hackneyed as that observation may have become, I believe that it is an apt characterization of the times we live in and of where we are as a nation.