Newly Ordained Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute Rabbi Craig Mayers Installed

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Rabbi Mayers official duties begin on February 1st with his congregation, Temple Beth Sholom in Melbourne, Florida

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JSLI is a perfect fit for those who have life experience and have a calling to the Rabbinate or are asked by their congregation to lead them as happened with Mayers.

Newly ordained Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute Rabbi Craig Mayers was installed at a ceremony that took place on Saturday, January 20 followed by a gala reception held that night at his synagogue, Temple Beth Sholom in Melbourne, Florida. His official duties start February 1st.

The festivities were attended by nearly 200 people, and included a 40-piece choir candlelight processional and string ensemble. His congregants love him as evidenced by the dozens who drove 2.5 hours to the ordination ceremony a few weeks prior. Craig is no stranger to TBS and had been a lay leader at services, Hebrew school teacher and Bar and Bat Mitzvah tutor for many years. When the synagogue needed a new Rabbi, Mayers was a good candidate.

As all students of JSLI, he brought his wealth of Jewish professional skills with him and joined the diverse and knowledgeable cohort that met once a week with Rabbi Steve Blane, Founder and Dean. The program is a perfect fit for those who have life experience and have a calling to the Rabbinate or are asked by their congregation to lead them as happened with Mayers.

Being a father of three (3) and in his 40s helped guide Craig’s decision to study online. Many of those who study at JSLI already know where their path will take them. About 30% or the 130 ordained Rabbis are serving in a pulpit.

ABOUT SIM SHALOM and JSLI

Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected. Rabbi Blane leads accessible and short Shabbat services every Friday night using a virtual interface and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, conversion and life-cycle ceremonies along with weeknight services at 7:00PM EST led by Rabbis and students of this online community. It is the ordaining body of the Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute,
http://www.jsli.net, the online professional rabbinical program.

Sim Shalom, a non profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization, nurtures a Jewish connection through its mission of innovative services, creative education and dynamic outreach to the global community. For more information visit our websites or call 201-338-0165.

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