Alumna Rabbi Rachel Isaacs Is “Bridging Jewish Communities”

"On a recent September night, a storm of nearly biblical proportions unleashed a torrent of rain, a fitting metaphor for the first night of Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday of the year for Jews. But inside Waterville's Beth Israel Synagogue on Main Street, the lights were bright as Rabbi Rachel Isaacs welcomed congregants into the sanctuary.

'Shanah tovah,' she said, acknowledging the group filing in, a mix of Colby students and Beth Israel members. Isaacs, a Colby instructor in Jewish studies, the campus Jewish chaplain and Hillel advisor, and rabbi for the Beth Israel Congregation since 2010, has succeeded in making connections between the two communities. 'We're in this together,' she said. "We might be on the hill, you might be in the 'ville,' but we're all Jews, we're all working on the same goals, we're all part of the same five-thousand-year-old community."

Continue reading "Bridging Jewish Communities" in Colby Magazine.