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In the Rural West, “Roving Rabbis” Reach Isolated Jews

posted on September 29, 2014

At NPR, Stina Sieg reports on traveling rabbis trying to help Jews in the rural American West reconnect to their faith. Zalman Refson, a Hasidic rabbinical student headed to Arizona, said, “Meeting people and interacting with them on a very simple level, regardless of Jewish topics, is a very positive thing. And it’s a very positive experience for a person who’s going to enter the people business.” Liberal Jewish congregations sometimes view the roving rabbis as threats for promoting a traditional version of the faith, but the rabbis say that they are only “trying to inspire Jews to be a little more observant.”

Read at NPR