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Rabbi David Feder

I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. I attended the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained in 1989. Since then I have served congregations in the Detroit area, Davis, CA, Evansville, IN, and Morgantown, WV. In Louisville, I served as the principal of a multi-movement, multi-synagogue supplemental school. 

I have a lifelong interest in Jewish learning and Jewish life and connecting Jewish perspectives to the situations and issues that we encounter in our everyday lives. While serving the congregation in Evansville, I married my wife Karen. We have two children, twins, Ari and Orli. Both of them are attending high school in Israel through the Naale Elite program - Ari on Moshav Nahalal, Orli in Hasharon.

Cantor Deborah Bletstein

Cantor Deborah Bletstein was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. She received her Bachelor of Music with distinction from Ohio Northern University. In addition to performing with both the opera and musical theater departments, she was the lead singer for two ONU jazz bands. This led to an opportunity to open for Marvin Hamlisch at the Crouse Performance in the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center in Lima, OH. She went on to earn her Master of Music from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh were she sang leading mezzo roles and fronted the CMU jazz band. A member of Actors' Equity Association, she has performed on off-Broadway and New England summer stock stages, as well as at Walt Disney World.

Cantor Bletstein earned cantorial ordination and a Master of Sacred Music from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2007. She has served congregations in Des Moines, IA, and Portland, OR, and as a guest cantor and artist at numerous congregations throughout the United States. Cantor Bletstein is a member of the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors. 

Cantor Bletstein is currently an MSW candidate at the University of Michigan, the number one-ranked social work program in the country.

Services

We have rabbi-led services twice a month for Shabbat-Eve services that are either preceded by a potluck dinner or followed by an oneg.

Adult Education

The rabbi holds Adult Education classes when he is in town.  He covers a wide variety of topics ranging from Hebrew to ethics, Jewish history to humor and everything in between.  See the calendar for upcoming topics.

Holidays

We hold special services for major holidays, including the High Holidays and Passover. 

Life Cycle Events

A variety of life cycle events, including bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, shivas, etc. are held at the temple.

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Get Involved

We welcome visitors, including university students, to join us at our services. There are typically 2 services a month. The rabbi will be available after services to answer questions. There is no formal dress code, but business casual/dress clothes are typical. We do request you email Connie, the president, at president@templeinlima.org to let us know if you will be visiting or if you have any questions.

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