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In Memory: Rabbi Jack Stern

Rabbi Jack SternFor most of his career, Rabbi Jack Stern was the inspirational, beloved rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. A national Reform Movement leader as well, he served, among other key roles, as president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as vice president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, as a member of the URJ’s Task Force on Jewish Ethics, and as a trustee of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors. After retirement, he moved to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where he joined Hevreh of Southern Berkshire.

Passionate about social action, Jack served as a trustee of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and of Construct Inc., which responds to the needs of the homeless. He was also revered for eloquence, as in this 1983 sermon: “Such is the meaning of faith—to know that the melody is playing even when we may not hear it….”

May his memory be a blessing.


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