Temple Sinai celebrated the beginning of Rabbi Jamie Gibson’s 30th year with a Musical Weekend featuring Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, distinguished professor of cantorial arts at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.
Friday evening’s Shabbat service and dinner were followed on Saturday evening with Jamie & Friends, a concert attended by more than 300 people, which featured area cantors and soloists, the Temple Sinai Intergenerational Choir and Band and the Homewood Baptist Choir.
Since joining Temple Sinai as senior rabbi in 1988, Gibson has helped to shape the congregation as one that embraces inclusion, inspiration and innovation. Thirty years later, he has steered the congregation through change and innovation while extending his influence and leadership beyond Temple Sinai to gain respect from the Jewish and interfaith community.
He also is a voice for the United Reform Judaism movement.