Beginning this coming Saturday, November 1, I will be on Sabbatical for three months. It is a common practice of rabbis and other clergy to be given a periodic Sabbatical from their regular duties for reflection, for rekindling the spirit and the sense of calling by God, for reconnecting more deeply with the tradition (Scripture, theology, liturgy), and for deepening one’s own spiritual life. My last Sabbatical was five years ago.
While on Sabbatical, I will not be available for my normal Rabbinic duties. I will not come into the office, attend meetings, or schedule appointments. I will not take phone calls or respond to email for routine questions. I will not teach, lead study groups, lead services, or give Divre Torah. The office will refer calls and emails either to the president or to the appropriate committee.
The one exception I will make in a normal Sabbatical practice will involve officiating at funerals, if I am in town. However, the initial phone call in regard to a funeral should go to the office during office hours (10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.). Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.), please call Stuart Rapaport, (616) 485-5383. After the basic funeral arrangements including date and time have been set, he will contact me. If I am available, I will contact the family to speak about the funeral service. Otherwise, Stuart will handle the funeral service.