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Rabbi Merle E. Singer

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Rabbi Emeritus Merle E. Singer

Rabbi Merle E. Singer is Temple Beth El’s Rabbi Emeritus.  He retired in 2005 after serving as the Temple’s senior spiritual leader for 28 years.   During that time, the Temple grew from a small congregation to one of the largest and most vibrant synagogues in the United States.

Nationally, Rabbi Merle E. Singer was actively involved in the Reform Movement and Jewish causes.  He served on the executive board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). He is a past president of the Southeast Region of the CCAR (SEACCAR) and the Israel Bonds National Rabbinic Cabinet, and was on the National Board of Governors of the Synagogue Council of America.

Learn more about Rabbi Merle E. Singer here.

Blogs By This Author

In the Words of Rabbi Singer
You’ve Got to Believe in Magic by Rabbi Merle E. Singer
Something very important happened in my life when I was eleven years old. I was in fifth grade, and the second youngest child in a large family living in a big house in Duluth, Minnesota. There were many, many days when I’d walk down the steps from our front door,
April 12, 2024
Shabbat Message
Speaking For God: Shabbat Message from Rabbi Emeritus Merle E. Singer
Years ago, I was composing a piece on Yitro – this week’s Torah portion.  It was an early morning, and my granddaughter Emily, a young girl at that time, entered my study and asked, “Papa, what are you doing?” I told her I was composing a video commentary on Parashat Yitro,
February 2, 2024
In the Words of Rabbi Singer
In the Words of Rabbi Singer – Issue #5
A regular blog series from Temple Beth El, bringing you moments of heart and insight from Rabbi Emeritus Merle E. Singer. Who Am I, you may ask? I am a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a nephew, a grandfather, an uncle, a friend, a Rabbi, and the myriad
January 9, 2024
In the Words of Rabbi Singer
Thanksgiving in Difficult Circumstances: Rabbi Emeritus Merle E. Singer
Click here to read Rabbi Singer’s full Thanksgiving Message on his beautiful blog.   Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition that has come to represent different things to different people. At its best, Thanksgiving is celebrated the way it is shown in sentimental grocery store commercials. Families gather from far and
November 21, 2023
In the Words of Rabbi Singer
A Message Regarding Israel-In the Words of Rabbi Singer
This week we faced an unfathomable reality. The situation happening in Israel is complex. Our hearts are in the east while we remain in the west, trying to comprehend the inhumane destruction of our people. We sit here in confusion, sadness, anger, and some may feel hopeless. While I always
October 13, 2023
In the Words of Rabbi Singer
Sermon by Rabbi Merle E. Singer – High Holy Days 2023/5784
Judaism, one of the world’s oldest religions, is a system of beliefs, rituals, and a profound philosophy emphasizing self-improvement and our connection with the universe. Rooted in ancient teachings, Judaism offers a unique perspective on personal growth, ethical conduct, and the inter-connectedness of all living beings. Central to the Jewish
September 26, 2023
In the Words of Rabbi Singer
In the Words of Rabbi Singer – Issue #4
A regular blog series from Temple Beth El, bringing you moments of heart and insight from Rabbi Emeritus Merle E. Singer.What would life be if it were a simple path where all the intricate pieces perfectly fit? Just a simple path with no worry in sight. Some may ponder the
March 13, 2023
In the Words of Rabbi Singer
In the Words of Rabbi Singer – Issue #3
A regular blog series from Temple Beth El, bringing you moments of heart and insight from Rabbi Emeritus Merle E. Singer. In life, we have chances and opportunities. In life, we can either be the lifesaver toward others or the passerby. I ask you, which are you? As a Rabbi,
July 6, 2022
In the Words of Rabbi Singer
In the Words of Rabbi Singer – Issue #2
A regular blog series from Temple Beth El, bringing you moments of heart and insight from Rabbi Emeritus Merle E. Singer. “This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What
June 13, 2022
In the Words of Rabbi Singer
In the Words of Rabbi Singer – Issue #1
Introducing the first in a new regular blog series from Temple Beth El, bringing you moments of heart and insight from Rabbi Emeritus Merle E. Singer. What I do is communicate through dance, music, and this very article. Who I am is a Rabbi that once led this great synagogue. As
April 25, 2022