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Rabbi Michael Rascoe became our new Rabbi last summer  and made a seamless transition to our Temple family. He  brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with him  which has strengthened and enriched us in ways that are  tangible as well as intangible.   Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he attended a  conservative synagogue where both his parents were quite  active, helping   foster a strong bond with his Judaism.   In college, he demonstrated his drive and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge. He  received his B.A. in 1980 from Columbia University in political science, graduating  concurrently from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) with a B.A. in Jewish  philosophy. He attended JTS for graduate school, receiving his M.A. in Jewish philosophy  and becoming ordained as a rabbi in 1985. In addition, he received an honorary doctorate  of divinity from JTS in November, 2011, for his many contributions and accomplishment  during 25 years of service as a rabbi.   Upon the occasion of his honorary doctorate, JTS wrote: “You continue to demonstrate  and teach the transformational powers of Judaism as you touch the lives of many different  communities, championing ethical behavior in all aspects of life.”