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Location: 3652 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018

Time: 6:15pm-9:45pm

Transportation: Not Offered


Overview of the Day

Please join the House of Worship Tour for a visit to Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot, which has just been beautifully expanded and renovated.  During this special evening everyone will attend a Shabbat (Sabbath) Service in the new sanctuary, plus engage in a discussion and Q&A with Rabbi Richard Steinberg. Learn about why Shir Ha-Ma'alot became the name of this Jewish Reform Congregation....and much more.   Everyone will, also, have the unique pleasure of hearing Cantor Arie Shikler and the adult choir. Cantor Shikler, who was the first in Orange County to introduce the guitar as accompaniment during Shabbat Services and created a vibrant Temple Music Program, has, with his music, become a vital part of Shir Ha Ma'alot for more than 40 years. Now you can be among those fortunate enough to hear the amazing Cantor Shikler before his retirement!  Following the service everyone will enjoy the Oneg Shabbat,with refreshments and socializing.
Rabbi Richard Steinberg received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Sociology, intending to pursue a career in law enforcement.  After working for a police department for a year, he decided to focus on a different kind of law -- the law of the soul.  From an early position as Assistant Rabbi at the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, the place where Reform Judaism was founded, Rabbi Steinberg was chosen to assume the spiritual leadership of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot in Irvine in 2001. Having also attained a Masters in Marital Family Therapy, Rabbi Steinberg continues to provide a warm, caring and educational environment for people to grow in all ways. The Temple's motto "A Lifetime of Belonging" is always close in thought.  Rabbi Steinberg is not only the spiritual leader of SHM but has also become a community leader in the Orange County Jewish and general community, including serving as a Chaplain with the Irvine Police Department, a member of the Orange Country Sherriff's Interfaith Advisory Board, and a commissioner with the Orange County Human Relations Commission.  He worked with the Jewish Federation and Family Services and other agencies to build a home for Jewish young adults with special needs.



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