Temple Israel welcomes visiting rabbis for 'Bread and Torah'Duluth’s Temple Israel will have some special guests this week when it hosts two rabbis in the first year of the annual Ilene Levin Scholars-in-Residence Program.
Duluth’s Temple Israel will have some special guests this week when it hosts two rabbis in the first year of the annual Ilene Levin Scholars-in-Residence Program.
This event is made possible by a donation by Steve Goldfine in memory of his wife Ilene Levin, a Temple Israel member and Duluth businesswoman who died last year. Levin operated Goldin Properties Midwest, a chain of six regional hotels, with her husband and was active in the temple.
The program will bring Rabbis Jonathan Rubenstein and Linda Motzkin, who are married, to Temple Israel for their “Bread and Torah Project” from Thursday through Saturday.
Rabbi Rubenstein is a bread maker and baking teacher who operates a nonprofit, charitable bakery, “Slice of Heaven Breads,” out of the Temple Sinai kitchen. Rabbi Motzkin is a soferet (Jewish ritual scribe) and artist.
In 2004, Rabbis Motzkin and Rubenstein founded the Bread and Torah Project, through which they offer hands-on programs based on their scribal arts and bakery activities. Together they have given Bread and Torah presentations at conferences, colleges, and retreats, and worked with church and synagogue education programs (youth and adult), school groups, scout troops, civic organizations, agencies serving adults and youth with disabilities and facilities for seniors.
Rabbi Rubenstein has local connections. He spent his early years in Duluth when his father served as rabbi of Temple Emanuel — one of the two former congregations that merged in 1969 to create Temple Israel.
The Ilene Levin Scholars-in-Residence Program offers a hands-on opportunity to participate in the making of a Torah scroll, as well as the making of bagels and challah while engaging with Jewish teachings about Torah as physical and spiritual sustenance. Each participant will take home some baked goods.
Visit jewishduluth.org to view a schedule of the events with Rabbis Rubenstein and Motzkin.
Submitted by Rabbi David Steinberg of Temple Israel.