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Bernard S. Raskas

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Temple of Aaron - About Us
www.templeofaaron.org, 5 Dec 2012 [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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
A friend may well have made ...
www.jewishjournal.com [cached]
A friend may well have made arrangements for Koufax to attend as [Rabbi Bernard] Raskas was led to believe.
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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.
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Unfortunately, Rabbi Raskas has passed and this year the former ritual director of Temple of Aaron, Harry Gottesman passed as well.
Temple of Aaron - Committees & Groups
www.templeofaaron.org, 1 Jan 2011 [cached]
In June we were saddened by the loss of our beloved Rabbi Bernard S. Raskas.
January 2, 2011: "While We're Here" | Unitarian Church of Norfolk
www.ucnorfolk.org, 5 Aug 2013 [cached]
Building on the wisdom of this story, a contemporary rabbi, Bernard S. Raskas, adds these thoughts:
St. Paul Pioneer Press | 09/15/2006 | people in your neighborhood
www.twincities.com, 15 Sept 2006 [cached]
Bernard Raskas, rabbi laureate of St. Paul's Temple of Aaron, will be honored today by the city he has called home for the last 55 years.In recognition of his long service to the community, the St. Paul City Council will name the stretch of Hartford Avenue between Mount Curve and Mississippi River boulevards Raskas Road.
"I'm overwhelmed," said Raskas, 82, reminiscing about the time congregants had to walk on mud to come to the synagogue in the mid-1950s.A St. Louis native, he moved here with his wife, Laeh, and their first child in 1951 to become an assistant rabbi at the temple, where he served until 1989.
Raskas, who was ordained in 1949 at New York's Jewish Theological Seminary, was among the first religious leaders in St. Paul to understand the need for a multifaith dialogue, said Ken Agranoff, executive director of the Temple of Aaron.
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In the late '60s, Raskas taught Hebrew to nuns at the College of St. Catherine and, during the '80s and '90s, helped build up the Jewish studies department at Macalester College.Raskas was Macalester's first Jewish associate chaplain.In 2003, Raskas put together the exhibit "A Precious Legacy: The Ten Commandments in Ten Versions," which is now on permanent display at the school's DeWitt Wallace Library.He was a member of President Carter's Commission on the Holocaust, which helped create the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Raskas cites St. Paul as a welcoming place that reached out to the Jewish people who first came to the city about 100 years ago.Since that time, he said, social prejudices have disappeared and multifaith relationships have become stronger.
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