Temple Isaiah announces the retirement of Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz.
Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz has been a rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California since 1991. Prior to that, he served in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after having been ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972. During his rabbinate, Rabbi Graetz has been active in Human Rights issues, the problem of street children in Brazil, and homelessness in Northern California. He has served on the Advisory Board of Rabbis for Human Rights, on the Board of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, an organization of 25 churches and synagogues providing housing and supportive services to formerly homeless families which he helped found, and has served as Vice Chair of the North American Council of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.
Temple Isaiah thanks Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz for his 25 years of service to their community and looks forward to celebrating at their upcoming gala “An Inspirational Journey: A Celebration of Leadership, Teaching and Tikkun Olam” in his honor on Saturday, May 14 at the San Ramon Marriott. Details at www.temple-isaiah.org/gala2016. Contributions in his honor can also be made to the Fund for Our Jewish Future at www.temple-isaiah.org/donate.
“For twenty-four years I have had the privilege and joy of working in rabbinic partnership with Roberto Graetz. He has been my teacher, confidante, trusted critic, cheerleader, and chaver—wise partner and inspiring friend. Together with our talented clergy team, lay leadership and congregants, we have reached and surpassed many high goals for Temple Isaiah. May we continue to go, and grow, from strength to strength.” – Rabbi Judy Shanks, Temple Isaiah
“At moments like this, we are reminded of the abiding truth that each of us has the power to create a better world for ourselves and our children when we do God’s work here on earth. I hope Rabbi Graetz will look back on his accomplishments and contributions with joy.” – President Barak Obama
“Rabbi Graetz’s dedication and devotion is a shining example of good will in the community, and his legacy of service to the oldest and largest synagogue in Contra Costa County will not soon be forgotten.” – Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator
“For more than 60 years, Temple Isaiah has played an important role in supporting and fostering a strong Jewish community in Contra Costa County. Rabbi Graetz’s leadership over the past 25 years has been integral to the Temple’s ongoing success, and he should be proud of his lifetime of service to his community.” – Barbara Boxer, United States Senator
“The College-Institute has taken great pride in Rabbi Graetz’s achievements throughout his career. From his two decades in Argentina and Brazil to his many years in the Bay Area, he has served his communities as a spiritual leader, educator and Jewish role model. HUC-JIR is proud to call Rabbi Graetz our own.” – Aaron Panken, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
“As colleagues and friends who admire and respect Rabbi Graetz, we are so pleased to be able to acknowledge his importance to us and to the Jewish people. His contributions to the Reform movement and to the people whom he has led and served are immeasurable. Indeed, he brings honor to the rabbinate and to the Jewish people.” – Central Conference of American Rabbis
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of nearly 900 families, established over sixty years ago and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. Temple Isaiah’s mission is to embody, enhance and perpetuate our Jewish tradition by providing a welcoming spiritual home where the membership gathers to worship God, study Torah, engage in acts of Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of a caring community. For more information visit www.temple-isaiah.org.
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