Come and experience the sacred Jewish tradition of the Passover Seder. Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is the festival that celebrates the biblical story of the redemption of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. While it is a celebration of this particular redemption story, it resonates with the universal quest for redemption, liberation and repair of the world. The Seder is celebrated through storytelling, questions, songs, blessings, a shared meal and ritual foods. We welcome Rabbi Nathan who will lead us in prayer and song.
Rabbi Nathan Martin currently serves as the director of student life at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel. Before coming to Philadelphia Nathan served as assistant director of the University of Michigan. Prior to entering the Rabbinate, Nathan already had a strong interest in intercultural affairs; he spent a year living and working in Cairo, Egypt before earning an MA degree in international relations, with a concentration on Middle East studies, from John Hopkins University. Additionally, Nathan spent nearly 10 years working in the field of energy efficiency policy as a researcher and policy analyst. He had been able to integrate these passions into his rabbinate by developing innovative Jewish-Muslim programming, teaching and exploring the connections between Judaism and environmental sustainability. Nathan has been pleased to serve the Beth Israel community since July, 2015.