I felt deeply honored and humbled the first time I was referred to as “the Benilde-St. Margaret’s rabbi.” It was initially in jest, but there was an undertone of truth in those words. The students, administration and faculty knew me, not because of my name or my role at Beth El, but because of the relationship we have and the welcome and invitation I’ve received to participate in the BSM community. Eventually being “the BSM rabbi” stuck.
I would like to think that being raised in the Catholic faith since birth, having earned a BA in Theology, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and after over 30 years’ experience as a professional in Catholic education, 20 of which have been spent as an administrator, I would have it all figured out. The truth is, I don’t.