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Installation of Rabbi Joshua Katzan

Sunday, June 13, 2021 3 Tammuz 5781

2:00 PM - 3:00 PMLivestream & Zoom


Rabbi Katzan’s Installation

With a grand total of 14 rabbis, hundreds of viewers joined us at Rabbi Katzan’s installation on June 13 on Zoom, Livestream, and Facebook.

One of our participants, Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin, Ph.D., Rabbinic Head of School, Milken Community School, wrote, “You did a really beautiful job honoring (Rabbi) Josh this afternoon.  I was really moved by the sincerity of your kehillah.” Bernat-Kunin joined Rabbi Dan Shevitz and Rabbi Miriyam Glazer to offer Birkat Cohanim to Rabbi Katzan.

The ritual included the first-ever Rabbinic Installation Poet Laureate, and below is the poem from our member Carol V. Davis.

On the Installation of Rabbi Katzan

There is always a door, this one watched over by a Magen David,

to greet all who come to worship in the light of the Ner Tamid.

Over one hundred years ago, this synagogue, founded by Jews

of Ocean Park, your great grandfather among them.

Picture the men, shirtsleeves rolled up, fedoras pushed back

in the autumn heat, carrying in benches from the beach

to seat crowds on the High Holidays.

They say history comes full circle and so you arrive,

pushing open that front door when we needed you.

With the echo of those who came before us, we welcome you.

May you find strength in their resolve and ours, the protection

of a tallit wrapping you, to give you support and warmth

from this generation to the next and the next and the next.

Bookended with opening and closing music by our member musician and educator, Jeffrey Prince, members representing all parts of the Mishkon community offered blessings to Rabbi Josh, sharing their hopes and reflections with him.

Rabbi Katzan noted how auspicious was the day: 6/13 – 6-1-3 – and talked about second chances, and how honored and thrilled he is to be Mishkon Tephilo’s rabbi and partner.

The Mishkon community recited the following Congregation Blessing for Rabbi Katzan:

Adonai, our God and God of our ancestors, Source of all blessing, we pray that Rabbi Joshua Katzan lead this community with the blessing of Your spirit.  Grant him a wise heart, the strength to respond to every challenge with dignity. Give him a full measure of Your compassion that he may be the instrument of Your ancient promise to the prophet Jeremiah: “V’natati lachem ro’im k’libi. I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who shall nurture you with knowledge and understanding.”  And let us say Amen.

If you missed the ritual or want to view it again, here is the link to the video, and here is a description in the Santa Monica Daily Press. Keep your eyes open for articles soon in the Argonaut and the Jewish Journal.

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