Temple Beth Torah (TBT), 130 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, will mark Rabbi Seth Riemer’s 10 years with the congregation with a kosher brunch on Sunday, October 14th, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Riemer earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, an AB in History and Literature from Harvard University, and rabbinic ordination with an MA in Hebrew Letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC).
“I went there because I found in Reconstructionism the right Jewish religious value system for me. The Reconstructionist connection between humanism and spirituality appealed greatly to me,” Riemer, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the RRC, explained.
Riemer is a published author and has extensive experience in theater. He founded a Jewish theater company that was active for several years in the Hartford area, and has written, directed, produced and acted in plays. A musician, he incorporates his guitar music into Friday evening Shabbat services.
Temple Beth Torah has been enriched by Riemer’s ties with the interfaith community, bringing the congregation together with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community from the “House of Peace” in Meriden and with the Wethersfield Methodist Church community. The latter was the original owner of TBT’s building.
Riemer started his rabbinical career as a pulpit rabbi in Ohio. He came to Connecticut serving at Middletown’s Adath Israel where he served for 10 years.
His tenure at Temple Beth Torah began in 2008. Riemer sees his rabbinic role as that of a guide enhancing community spiritual growth. One of his most cherished roles is working with TBT's Torah study group. Learning together leads to incredibly fun forays into culture, current events, science and even science fiction. Rabbi Seth has taught children in the religious school and helps prepare TBT's Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah students.
Riemer also teaches at the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy's upper school (formerly, the Jewish High School of Connecticut) in Stamford.
"I like the interplay of ideas, perspectives, creative visions,” he said. He has taught subjects ranging from History to Jewish Studies and Theater. Currently, he is in the school's English Department.
Temple Beth Torah is an unaffiliated, egalitarian synagogue in the heart of Old Wethersfield. In addition to holding services on Friday evenings, the synagogue holds monthly Torah study and holiday celebrations and runs a religious school.
RSVPs for the brunch are required by October 7, 2018. In lieu of gifts for the celebration, donations to Temple Beth Torah would be appreciated. Checks should be made out to Temple Beth Torah (with a note that it’s in Rabbi Riemer’s honor) and sent to: Sallyanne Scott, 105 Sunmeadow Road, East Berlin, CT 06023. For information contact her at 860-828-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Temple Beth Torah Wethersfield at templebethtorahwethersfield.org.
Sponsor: Temple Beth Torah