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HONORING THE CLA S S OF 2007 F O R 1 3 Y E ARS O F S E RV I C E TO T H E J E WI SH CO MM U N I T Y RABBI YECHIEL BUCHBAND RABBI/CANTOR ANNE HEATH I S came to AJR in 2003, having spent most of my Jewish life in the Conservative movement, including growing up in a Conservative shul, USY, undergraduate study at JTS, and the Schechter Institute (Jerusalem). I came to embrace observance and Halakhah and was the leader of a Masorati congregation in Tel Aviv for 14 years. But when I participated in the pluralistic Talmud program of the Hartman Institute my eyes were opened to a different kind of Jewish community: Pluralism. That’s how I became part of this remarkable community of devoted, supportive, joyful, searching, sharing people. How blessed I was to be welcomed into the AJR community After four years of intensive study and work, on one of the most emotional and joyous days in my life, I was honored with Semikhah. AJR connected me with the synagogue community that I have been serving since 2004 – the Valley Stream Jewish Center. I have felt supported and appreciated here since my very first encounter with this small, warm community. In addition to pastoral and ritual responsibilities, my service here has included a good deal of teaching I have taken an active role in local interfaith activities and I do my best to voice my support for equality and dignity for immigrants and refugees in public forums. I am deeply grateful for the learning, training and support I received at AJR, and I’m very happy to be part of this Kehillah Kedoshah. I am profoundly blessed and grateful to have this career of service to the Holy One, the Torah and Beit-Yisrael. ince 2003 I’ve served Congregation Agudath Achim and the Jewish Community House in Taunton, MA as religious leader and school principal. This summer I’ll be ending my service to the congregation and moving home to St. Louis for the next chapter. The long answer to “where are you from” involves a year-by- year description of the moves my family made across the United States from 1952 to 1967 as my father served in the United States Navy Active Reserves – moves that resulted in attendance at six elementary schools, two junior high schools and three high schools. The short answer is “St. Louis, Missouri,” where I completed two years of high school, was graduated from college and made a home from 1972 to 1999. I was graduated first in my class from Fort Morgan (CO) High School (1968) and awarded a Regents’ Scholarship to the University of Colorado. In 1975 I was graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition. In 1998 I was admitted as Hazzan to the Cantors Assembly, then in 2000 I was certified Hazzan by Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music through the auspices of the American Conference of Cantors. My studies then moved to AJR where, in 2007, I was ordained Rav-u-Morah b’Yisrael (Rabbi and Teacher in the Community of Israel). ck cren vcr vsu, 6 AJR 2020 AJR 2020 7