Rabbi Robin Damsky

Dear Temple Israel Miller Community,
I am so pleased and honored to be joining your temple as your new rabbi. I have been to Temple Israel twice now:
the first time for my interview with the search committee, and the second time last month when I was invited to
lead an Erev Shabbat service. Both of my visits were inspiring, and I felt very welcomed by all.
The temple is a wonderful facility inside and out. I hope to see the building alive with activity! You may
know that I founded a nonprofit called In the Gardens, through which we donate food, provide organic
gardening skills and design to the community, and teach mindfulness practice. You can bet that I was deeply
moved and inspired to see the community garden at the temple site.
My rabbinate has taken me to various places, perhaps because my background is quite eclectic. I was raised
in a secular home in Brooklyn and then Long Island; what Judaism I gleaned was through my maternal
grandparents on their visits. My college studies began in botany and culminated with a degree in dance,
while simultaneously studying massage therapy. All of these experiences combined to bring me to the
rabbinate with perhaps a less traditional set of eyes.
As a rabbi, my commitment to the heart is paramount — the heart as our place of spirit, and our place of
connection not only to God, but to ourselves and to others. From the heart our hesed — loving-kindness —
flows forth so that we realize the true message of the Shema — that God is Echad — One, and that we, all
of us with God flowing through us, are all Echad. Through song and movement, prayer and action, teaching
and learning, time to build relationships that create a sense of safety and community, we gain the
compassion that comes out of knowing the truth that we are all one. It is through this path that we can not
only erase the suffering in the world we inhabit, but come to a true sense of glory in our humanity.
I look forward to sharing times of joy and laughter with all of you, as well as being with you in times of trial
or need, pain or sadness. I look to learn with you — learning from you as well as learning with you in our
adult education offerings. It will be my joy to celebrate with you in services for Shabbat and other holy days
throughout the calendar year, building connections as we go, continuing to cultivate our temple and the
larger community.
My blessings to you as our journey unfolds
To contact Rabbi Robin Damsky, email rabbidamsky@gmail.com or call 708-629-5556