This week's Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast guest is Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA to discuss his experience as a Reform rabbi with roots in the more traditional Sephardi Jewish community.
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About the Guest
Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, LLB., Ph.D.
Rabbi Rifat Sonsino is the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA.
Born in Turkey, he received his law degree from the University of Istanbul (Faculty of Law, 1959), his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati, 1966) and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1975) in the field of Bible and ancient Near Eastern Studies. In 1991 the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion bestowed upon him a D.D.
Before coming to Needham, Rabbi Sonsino served congregations in Buenos Aires, Philadelphia and Chicago. After his retirement from Beth Shalom, he volunteered his services in Bet Shalom, a nascent Reform Jewish congregation in Barcelona, Spain, and other small synagogues in the Iberian Peninsula.
Rabbi Sonsino has authored numerous books and articles, including Finding God and What Happens After I Die? (both with Daniel Syme), The Many Faces of God , Modern Judaism, And God Spoke These Words (commentary of the 10 Commandments), and Did Moses Really Have Horns?. He was the editor of the CCAR Journal (1997-2001). Throughout his career, Rabbi Sonsino has chaired various committees, both regionally and nationally. His blog postings (SONSINO’S BLOG) are found in rsonsino.blogspot.com, with over half a million viewers. In the past, Rabbi Sonsino taught at Boston College and at Framingham State University, and lectured in many parts of the country and around the world.
Rabbi and Mrs. Sonsino now live at the Willows in Westborough, MA.