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Temple Israel of Riverhead
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Rabbi    Michael    Rascoe    became    our    Rabbi    in    2014,    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.”