Rabbi Scott Sperling will lead Shabbat service and will speak on the following subject: “Seventy Faces of Torah: The Many Ways We Understand the Hebrew Bible.”
Jewish tradition speaks of the “seventy faces of Torah” as a metaphor for the many ways that we read, interpret and understand the foundation of 25 centuries of Jewish life. Traditional commentaries and the insights of modern scholars continues to shape our fascination with and passion for Torah. We’ll explore both the structure of the Hebrew Bible along with examples of how Torah keeps refreshing itself from ancient times through today.
Rabbi Scott Sperling retired in 2016 as the rabbi of Beth El Congregation in Winchester, Virginia and will serve as the interim rabbi in Frederick, MD through June 2017. Since 2012, Scott has been teaching at Shenandoah University. His courses include Introduction to Judaism, Intro- duction to the Hebrew Bible and The History of Jewish Nationalism. He served as Interim Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) during 2009-2010. Scott was Director of the Union for Re- form Judaism’s Mid-Atlantic Council from 2001-2009 and during the last two years in this position, he was also a congregational consultant on communications technolo- gy. Before moving to Washington, D.C., he was the Associate Rabbi of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, Washington. Rabbi Sperling taught at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle for six years in both the Judaic studies department and as Coordinator of the Computer and Multimedia Center.
Rabbi Sperling has also served congregations in New York and Los Angeles, including seven years with the Synagogue for the Performing Arts. Sperling received an A.B degree from UCLA and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York campus in 1976.
Rabbi Scott Sperling and his wife, Laura, reside in Winchester, VA. They have two adult children, Margit and Eli.