I want to express deep gratitude to the Stadtarchiv Friedrichsstadt/ Museum and its Director, Christiane Thomsen for their gracious welcome.
The sign outside the old synagogue does not say that the home was used as the home for Nazi officer in 1941. What a joy not to only to reclaim it as a cultural center but as a synagogue for Jewish worship on Shabbat Eve November 6, 2015.
Poster announcing the service: Many thanks to Horst and Rita Blunk and Dr. Keren-Miriam Foerst-Haedicke for making this event possible
Scenes from the service
I am grateful to the Eternal One for granting me the privilege of leading this historic service. May Progressive Judaism in Germany continue to gain strength so that we may fulfil the promise God made to Abraham, “And all the nations of the earth will find blessing through you.” (Genesis 12:3)
Loving husband, father, grandfather and rabbi. Author of, "What's in It for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives,” "ToraHighlights,” “Why the Kof?,” “Why Triple Chai?,” "Who Created God?," and "...And Often the First Jew."
On October 17, 2017, Rabbi Fuchs was selected as the recipient of the Vanderbilt Divinity School's Distinguished Alumnus Award. To be considered for this award, one must demonstrate excellence and distinction in justice-making through their efforts in congregational ministry, religious institutions, non-denominational/all-inclusive organizations, community–based organizations, government, or other social institutions.
Spent last four falls serving in Milan, Italy, (2013) and Germany (2014-2016). Otherwise, he enjoy writing and speaking after serving three congregations and as President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.
He is currently serving as Rabbi of Bat Yam Temple of the Islands, Sanibel, Florida.
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