Rabbi Louis Polisson

Rabbi Polisson is thrilled to have recently joined Congregation Or Atid as Rabbi, drawn by the community's warmth, energy, and commitment to Torah (lifelong learning), Avodah (meaningful prayer), and Gemilut Hasadim (acts of lovingkindness).

Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Rabbi Polisson earned his B.A. in Classical Studies from Brandeis University, where he met his wife in a co-ed Jewish a cappella group. He received rabbinic ordination and an M.A. in Jewish Thought from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in May 2018. As a Gladstein Fellow in Entrepreneurial Rabbinic Leadership, he previously served as Rabbi of Congregation Eitz Chaim of Monroe, NY and as Rabbinic Intern at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, NY.

Rabbi Polisson has taught in an array of Jewish educational settings, cultivating in all ages an understanding and love of Judaism. He has served as an educator at Jewish organizations, camps, and Hebrew schools across the Northeast.

Rabbi Polisson is a musician and a composer, and has studied klezmer and world Jewish music with such luminaries as Alicia Svigals, Cantor George Mordecai, and Joey Weisenberg. Most recently, he was awarded a grant from the Hadar Institute to record and produce an album of original Jewish and spiritual songs with his wife, Gabriella Feingold, released in November 2018. Click here to listen.

Rabbi Polisson studies and teaches Jewish meditation and spiritual practices and is passionate about connecting people to Judaism, Jewish community, and the Divine. In addition, he understands the power of relational community organizing and the importance of relationship-building, which is central to his work as a rabbi. 

Rabbi Polisson invites you to join him in living out a vision of Conservative Judaism that is rooted in tradition, meaningful, and relevant to our lives today.

You can reach Rabbi Polisson by calling our synagogue office at 508-358-9623 or email [email protected]. 

Social Action

Family Promise Volunteer Orientations
Oct. 17, 7pm, Shir Tikvah, 141 Boston Post Rd, Wayland

If you are concerned about the issue of family homelessness in your community and want to make a difference, considering attending one of these volunteer orientations. 

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Oct. 20 Please volunteer to cook or deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. More info here.

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Nov 3, Dec. 1 Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.

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Adult Education

Mindfulness Practice: Meditation, Chanting & Text Study
Last session: Oct. 19 (Temple Israel, Natick)

Join the Metrowest Jewish Mindfulness Community for three sessions focusing on meditation, chant, text study and prayer. Details here.

[email protected] Broads in Midrash

Mondays, starts 9/23, 10am at Or Atid 
10 session class exploring little known women whose stories are embellished in the rabbinic tradition. Details here.

 

World Tour of Jewish Music

Thursdays 10/17 & 10/24, 8-9:30 pm, Or Atid
Join Rabbi Polisson for a tour of Jewish music throughout the world and history. Email [email protected] to register. 

 

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