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Temple Israel of Riverhead
490 Northville Turnpike P.O. Box 1531 Riverhead, NY 11901 631-727-3191 TempleIsraelRH@optonline.net
Previously,   Rabbi   Rascoe   has   served   congregations   in   Indiana,   Michigan,   Illinois,   New Jersey,   Pennsylvania,   and   Texas,   always   becoming   actively   involved   in   the   surrounding communities.   When   you   get   to   know   him,   you   will   learn   that   our   Rabbi   has   a   passion   for social    justice    and    education.    One    could    say    that    he    is    an    activist    at    heart,    having embraced   public   service   as   well   as   education,   both   which   have   been   cornerstones   of   his rabbinical   career.   He   has   been   active   in   interfaith   dialogue,   minority   relations,   and   prison religious   policy,   and   has   served   as   a   consultant   on   academic   and   government   projects, and as an advisor on counseling and medical ethics issues. Some    of    the    areas    where    he    has    participated    include    serving    as    a    member    of    the Chaplain’s   Advisory   Council   to   the   State   of   Michigan’s   prison   system,   writing   the   Judaism section   of   the   Michigan   Dept.   of   Corrections   Handbook   of   Religious   Groups,   serving   on the   Michigan   State   advisory   panel   for   adoption,   serving   on   the   Grand   Rapids   Human Relations   Commission,   Purdue   University’s   Social   Science   Ethics   Committee,   and   the ethics   committees   of   both   hospitals   and   hospices   in   the   Greater   Michigan   area.   He   was instrumental   in   organizing   a   hate   crimes   task   force,   and   a   citywide   program   to   teach adolescents    entrepreneurial    skills.    Furthermore,    he    organized    a    conference    to    teach public    school    teachers    about    the    Holocaust,    and    led    many    interfaith    programs    and dialogue   groups   to   encompass   those   of   the   Jewish,   Christian,   Muslim,   Buddhist,   and Baha’i   faiths.   During   his   tenure   in   Texas   he   was   the   Associate   Director   of   the   L’Chiam Center,   an   independent   havurah   that   focused   on   outreach   to   unaffiliated   Jews   as   well   as converts.