Rabbi Neumiro Da Silva
"I have Five weddings to do, also bar and bat mitzvahs. I raised money to get a Torah. And have done a few funerals and unveilings. I don’t charge for anything - but I’m so happy….. but they do make donations :-)
He (Rabbi Blane) has no idea what he has done for people like us----- we don’t have time to spend four years in a traditional rabbinical school. He’s helping so many people he has no idea.
One lady questioned me- she wasn’t sure if I should be addressed as Rabbi- to her I said that if she didn’t feel comfortable she didn’t have to. I told her I am there for people that need me, not for people that don’t.
I am learning more and more as I go along. I led the music for the high holiday services- three guitars a clarinet a bass, drums, played Avinu Malkeinu with drums. For the first time, people enjoyed the holidays.
Rabbi Gail Nalven
Another busy Rabbi...
"...is working in Jewish education as always. I have a new position as a Grade Level Coordinator (like an Assistant Principal in public schools) at Temple Shaaray Tefila on the Upper East Side. I am also a B'nei Mitzvah tutor and I am teaching adult Hebrew at both TST and Forest Hills Jewish Center.
I led High Holiday tot programs at Union Temple in Brooklyn, NY. I plan to keep working in Jewish education and perform life cycle events."
Rabbi Elisheva Diaz
1. What have you been doing since the ordination? I have been networking and making connections for the Public speaking circuit within our community. So far so good. I also had to take my time in preparing for the High Holidays and now Sukkot. I have received some interest in who I am and where I was ordained and am following up with that.
2. How do you plan to use your Semicha in the future? To date I am teaching in two Conservative Synagogues and will begin to assist in Adult Ed in a reform Temple soon. I am needing to get my Hebrew down and continue to work on that as well. I am hoping to build my speaking schedule and to spend the first year assessing whether or not I should attempt to take a pulpit or perhaps stay in Education.
I will keep you all posted. xo to all.