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Bernard S. Raskas


Temple of Aaron

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Temple of Aaron

616 S. Mississippi River Blvd

Saint Paul, Minnesota,55116

United States

Company Description

Temple of Aaron, a congregation affiliated with the Conservative Movement, is an egalitarian congregation devoted to the service of God (Avodah), the study of Torah and commitment to the Jewish people. We will energetically enrich and serve the diverse spiritu...more

Background Information

Employment History

Hebrew Teacher

College of St. Catherine


Macalester College

Jewish Chaplain and Faculty Member


Jewish Theological Seminary

Washington University

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Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest » News [cached]

What made these the choice for this Pick of the Archives was their subject, Rabbi Bernard Raskas, whose long and productive life ended in June, 2010.
Rabbi Raskas was the spiritual leader of Temple of Aaron, where he was served as chief Rabbi from 1951 to 1989, and Rabbi Emeritus from 1989 to 2000. Because he was a leader and spokesman for our community in so many ways, his biography, his writings and his leadership are well documented in our collection, where his inspiration and his wisdom are accessible to anyone who comes to look for himself. Bernard Raskas was born in St Louis in 1924. His Orthodox family, who owned a dairy, was close-knit and valued Jewish scholarship. As a young student. he was considered a rising star., He wooed and won Laeh Halpern, the daughter of a prominent conservative St Louis Rabbi. Raskas was educated at Washington University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. In 1952 shortly after he came as a new Rabbi to Temple of Aaron, the building was destroyed by a fire. Rabbi Raskas was instrumental in the building of the present Temple of Aaron on East River Road. He and Laeh were actively involved in the artistic decorations of the buiding, the banners and decorations that adorn the sanctuary and social hall. His gentle, humorous and persuasive manner was known in the wider community as well as the synagogue. He served as Jewish chaplain and faculty member at Macalester, where he was beloved by students and staff alike. He was active in St Paul civic affairs, was a supporter of the civil rights movement and a champion of women's rights, especially within the Conservative movement. Rabbi Raskas and Laeh were passionate Zionists, and maintained a home in Israel, Both have been buried in Jerusalem. There is also a tribute book dating from 1989, as Rabbi Raskas began his formal retirement from Temple of Aaron after 38 years of service. Among the conventional messages of praise from civic leaders, there are interesting details of his years at Temple of Aaron. His services were innovative and creative, and as a writer, scholar and community leader he achieved nationwide recognition.

We Tell It To Our Children - The Story Of Passover [cached]

Rabbi Bernard S. Raskas,Rabbi Emeritus, Temple of Aaron, St. Paul, MN

A friend may well have made arrangements for Koufax to attend as [Rabbi Bernard] Raskas was led to believe.
Leavy continues "The rabbi, Bernard Raskas, waited until afternoon services to address the issue, affirming to the congregation that Koufax had been there, seated in the back, near an exit. Unfortunately, Rabbi Raskas has passed and this year the former ritual director of Temple of Aaron, Harry Gottesman passed as well.

Temple of Aaron - About Us [cached]

That young rabbi was Bernard S. Raskas.
1951-1960: New Beginnings So it was in October of 1951, that Rabbi Raskas of St. Louis and recent spiritual leader of a congregation in Euclid, Ohio, was appointed assistant rabbi of the Temple of Aaron. His record spoke for itself. As a senior at the Seminary, Rabbi Raskas had been president of his class. He had taken postgraduate work at Western Reserve University. His religious school at Euclid was regarded as one of the best in the entire Cleveland area. And at the Temple of Aaron, his energies would be channeled into areas where they were most sorely needed: strengthening and developing the religious school in its various activities, formulating programs for youth groups, participating with Rabbi Cohen in the countless matters that would eventually make a finer and more vigorous Temple of Aaron. Rabbi Raskas took charge of the New Building Fund Campaign and worked closely with architect Percival Goodman for a unique Jewish architectural masterpiece, "a contemporary Torah Crown set in the earth. Rabbi Raskas brought a new focus on the place of the Temple of Aaron in the context of the Twin Cities and the world. All during the decade, he wrote about important topics, from the Supreme Court's decision outlawing segregation to the open occupancy code, to speaking out in 1959 about pollution, atomic fallout and the need for youth to learn foreign languages. He taught Jewish education classes, including "Judaism and Psychiatry," paved the way for women to have the opportunity to vote for the Temple Board for the first time in 1957, and was president of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association in 1958. With the help of lay leaders, Rabbi Raskas brought in outstanding talent and intellect for the congregation and the community, including Jan Peerce in 1957 and the Jewish theologian of our generation, Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel. In the November 28, 1960 Temple Bulletin, Rabbi Raskas wrote, "As I look forward to the celebration of Founders' Day, I am deeply stirred and moved when I contemplate what our founders have done for us.

Temple of Aaron - Committees & Groups [cached]

In June we were saddened by the loss of our beloved Rabbi Bernard S. Raskas.

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