City Council declares Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Day

Rabbi Rosenthal, holding proclamation, is congratulated in front of large city seal by, from left, Tifereth Israel President Jerry Hermes, Sisterhood President Barbara Sperling; Rebbitzen Judy Rosenthal, and Men’s Club President Bill Sperling.

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — The City Council has declared January 31, 2017 as “Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Day in San Diego.”

A resolution prepared by Councilman Scott Sherman — in whose district Tifereth Israel Synagogue is situated — commended the Conservative rabbi for 29 years of service as the congregation’s spiritual leader.

It noted that the retiring rabbi has served as both a pulpit rabbi and director of the congregation’s Torah School and Preschool while helping to establish Community Jewish High which meets at nearby Temple Emanu-El, a Reform congregation.

“Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal worked diligently to promote an environment of inclusivity throughout Tifereth Isral Synagogue,” the resolution said.

It noted that he had served three terms as president of the San Diego Rabbinical Association, and had secured contributions to the Tifereth Israel Synagogue Endowment Fund, and had arranged for scholarships for children to attend Camp Ramah.

Tifereth Israel Synagogue has a weekend of events planned Feb. 3-5 in honor of Rabbi Rosenthal, including a $180 per person fundraising dinner on Saturday night, Feb. 4. The synagogue is located at 6660 Cowles Mountain Boulevard in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego.

San Diego Jewish World often republishes Rabbi Rosenthal’s columns based on the weekly Torah reading.

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