When It All Began
The role of a
reform congregation was nothing new to Ruth and Stan Raskin, both of whom had
attended Sunday School as youngsters at one of Cleveland’s largest reform
synagogues. So, when Rabbi Fred Eisenberg started Temple Israel in 1985 they
decided to learn more about it.
"We knew the rabbi
and had gone to Israel with him," said Ruth Raskin, "so when we learned he was
forming a new temple we were interested enough to learn more about it, and then
interested enough to join."
They were among
the 50 or so people who became charter members of the new congregation, then
"And we’re still
here, and still enjoying it," said Stan Raskin, who has been a member of the
TINT board since its inception back in 1985.
"Having grown up
attending a large temple, we like a small congregation," Ruth said. "And we
have been fortunate because not only did we enjoy Rabbi Fred, but we still
enjoy the services with Rabbi Matt."
"We also like it
because of its social commitment and the volunteer spirit that is vital and key
to TINT’s continued success."
Ruth and Stan Raskin