Shir Tikvah Honors Rabbi On 25th Anniversary


TROY -

Congregation Shir Tikvah will honor Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg on his 25th anniversary as spiritual leader of the synagogue at 6 p.m. on March 2, at the Michigan State University Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy.

The gala dinner will pay tribute for the rabbi's service to the congregation, the Jewish community and the community at large. As part of his community involvement, Rabbi Arnie, as he is affectionately known by his congregants, supports many causes and has served on the boards of JARC, AIDS Interfaith Network, Triangle Foundation, Jewish Community Relations Council, Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition and Jewish Gay Network.

He also served as Rabbinic Dean of the National Federation of Temple Youth-Michigan Region and on the staff of Albion College, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He is actively involved in bridge-building among different religious, ethnic and racial groups, and helps to foster understanding with Muslims, African Americans and Christians. He is a long-time supporter of the Troy Area Interfaith Group.

Rabbi Arnie received his master's degree and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College in New York. He chose the rabbinate as his profession because it combined his love for Judaism with teaching, counseling and community development.

During his sabbaticals, he studied Hinduism and Buddhism, with special emphasis on meditation techniques and chanting. He has deepened his own Jewish spirituality by witnessing other traditional faith practices. He often connects with indigenous tribes and their spiritual elders in various countries in addition to bringing support for "lost" Jewish tribes in Africa and India.

On March 1, the congregation and its sisterhood will join for a special Music Sabbath, led by Rabbi Arnie's long-time friend Reb Eli Cohen of Santa Cruz, Calif. The Sabbath service also will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Women of Reform Judaism, in which the Shir Tikvah Sisterhood holds membership.

Rabbi Arnie will also be honored March 10 at a special tikkun olam (repairing the world) project entitled, "From Slavery to Freedom: Two Journeys, One Destiny," in collaboration with the Brightmoor community in Northwest Detroit. Brightmoor's City Mission and City Covenant Church will join members of Congregation Shir Tikvah for a Passover seder (traditional meal recounting the ancient Jews' deliverance from slavery), which will feature the blending of the food and traditions of two peoples who share the experience of slavery and freedom.

The March 2 gala is open to the public. Admission is $65 per person. The evening will include dinner, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and dessert. Checks should be made payable and mailed to Congregation Shir Tikvah, 3900 Northfield Parkway, Troy, MI 48084.

For questions or further information, call the synagogue's administrator Lorelei Berg at 248-649-4418.

MI Marriage Trial

Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment

Michigan Leaders React To Feds Recognition Of Marriages

MI Marriage: Schuette Asks For Full Appeals Court Review

The Stay Delayed Allows 315 Couples To Wed In State

Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign

Snyder Says Schuette Going Against Trend

Sixth Circuit Continues Stay

Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down

Michigan Makes History With First Marriages

Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Aappeal

Pictures from Ingham County - Getting Married

Pictures from Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 1

Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's office - Part 2

Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 3

Pictures from Washtenaw County

White Nationalist Group Files Brief Supporting AG's Appeal In Marriage Ruling

Discredited Witness Part Of Right-Wing Cabal

Schauer Celebrates Overturn Of Michigan Marriage Ban

Equality Michigan Circulating Petition to Drop Appeal

Why Are Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Wasting Michigan Taxpayer Dollars On A Costly Appeal?

Michigan Marriage Ban Co-Author Goes 'Moral'

BTL's Wedding Expo: Like Pride in April

Snyder Says Marriages Invalid

Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Appeal

Request To Remove Stay Based On Process And Substance

Schuette Lies To Satisfy Political Base

DOCUMENTS: The decision, the stay, and more

BREAKING: Holder Asked To Recognize Michigan Marriages

Michigan Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

BREAKING: Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Issues Temporary Stay On Michigan Case

BREAKING: Same-Sex Couples Across Michigan Get Hitched

BREAKING: Judge Friedman Declares Michigan's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Judge Could Rule Late Today In Mich. Marriage Ban

Michigan Marriage Trial: And Now We Wait

Editor's Viewpoint: Our Long Journey To Justice

Federal Marriage Case Decisions Outside Michigan In Circuit Court of Appeals

Peers Distance Themselves As Regnerus Takes The Stand

Marriage Supporters, Protestors Brave Cold At Courthouse

Highlights From Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

Brown Says Schuette Instructed Clerks To Defy Court

Michigan Marriage Equality Trial Begins Second Week

Marriage Equality Trial Opens : Science v. Fear

Michigan Marriage Center Prepares State For The Possibility!

Michigan Marriage Case Begins

A Trial Full of Experts: Incredible and Not So Credible, In Hazel Park Case

like us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on google+