475 West Locust St, Dubuque, IA. 52001 (563) 583-3483 Map
Meet Rabbi Jim Sagarin
(Selfie pic of Rabbi Jim and his wife, Lori, while on a tour of the Greek Islands.)
It is with anticipation and excitement that my family and I join Temple Beth El of Dubuque.
A new city, new people, a new congregation all provide possibilities for growth and enrichment. It is my sincere hope that our journey together be a fruitful one, marked by increased interconnectedness and understanding.
My life’s path has been eclectic to say the least, as I’ve worked in virtually all the fields afforded me by the
rabbinate. I’ve served as an officiant, a counselor, an instructor, a chaplain, a professor, an advisor, and an educator.
At the same time, needless to say, I’ve been a husband, a father, a brother, a cousin, an uncle, a brother-in-law and a nephew to my immediate and extended family. I’ve also been called a friend and caregiver, roles which I plan to expand in Dubuque.
The past few months have been particularly eventful in the Sagarin household, the highlight (besides becoming your rabbi!) remains our cruise on Holland-America’s Oosterdam, a ship that traversed the eastern Mediterranean. Crete, Santorini, Corfu, Athens, Dubrovnik, and Venice were among the ports of call. I’m ready today to go back, especially to the mesmerizing Greek Isles!
Of course there’s more to say, but I’ll leave that for another Temple newsletter. I look forward to seeing everyone!
The Tri-State Islamic Center is now located at 4980 Radford Ct in Asbury.
Rosh Hashanah article in the Sunday Telegraph Herald, 10-5-16
Hanukkah article in the Sunday Telegraph Herald, 11-29-15
Interview with Becca Gottlieb, Rabbi Anne Persin and Alan Garfield
Jerusalem Post Headlines
Mission: Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El is a Reform Jewish Congregation just west of the Mississippi River with about 30 member families. At over 150 years old, we seek to fulfill our religious and ethical goals for our members by being a center for spiritual fulfillment, life-long learning, cultural enrichment, community leadership, social responsibility, and by lovingly entrusting our Reform Jewish tradition from generation to generation. We are committed in our support of the Jewish people throughout the world.
Every rabbi is asked throughout their career to find ways to define who they are as a rabbi. As a rabbi who sees myself as a teacher, first and foremost, I am constantly returning to Exodus 35:31 where we read, “And God filled Betzalel with the divine spirit, with hochmah (wisdom), t’vunah (understanding) and da’at (experience) and in all work.” In shaping my rabbinate, I look to Betzalel as my model for recognizing that all three of these ways of knowing—knowing through study, knowing through connecting, and knowing through doing—are all inherent to Judaism. My most sacred duty as a rabbi, therefore, is to bring hochmah (wisdom), t’vunah (understanding) and da’at (experience) to the people I serve. (Excerpted from July 2013 Newsletter.)
With latkes from Randy (aka Mr. Latkey to you); Cindy, William, Rabbi Ann and Hanukkah Man ... plus, when not eating, our smiling congregation.
Make A Difference Day: Saturday, 10-26-13
Larry & Kate, Mr. Boots, Cindy& Brett, Mrs. Boots, Lisa and Alan ... with loads of yard trash.
Sukkot Celebration: Sunday, 9-15-13
Temple Beth El, Tashlich at the Mississippi. 9-6-2013
Jacquie's Jerusalem Painting
On Friday night, March 8, 2013, Jacquie Dyrke presented her painting of Jerusalem to Temple Beth El. During the Oneg, Jacquie talked about the work - how she painted it, what went into her thinking about the color scheme and specific images she decided to depict. The Dyrke family was in attendance as well. Click on the image to see more pictures of the painting and the celebration that night.
Esther's Gift of The Scribe
On Friday night, August 16, 2013, Ester Lieberman presented to the Temple one of her late husband's most famous photographs - The Israeli Scribe. Printed and framed by son Bob, this work will be at the head of the stairs. Archie, Look magazine photographer and renowned photo journalist, taught at the University of Dubuque and is remembered fondly by his many, many students and collectors.