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Dr. Robert B. Lennick

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Phone: (484) ***-****  
Local Address:  Pennsylvania , United States
Congregation Etz Chaim
4074 SW H St.
Bentonville , Arkansas 72712
United States

Company Description: Congregation Etz Chaim offers a Jewish foundation and “homeâ€� for individuals and families within Northwest Arkansas and neighboring communities. We are fully...   more

Employment History


  • Bachelor's Degree
    Clark University
  • Master of Arts Degree , Hebrew Letters
  • Doctor of Ministry Degree
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About Us | Congregation Etz Chaim, 19 Sept 2015 [cached]
Rob Lennick
Rabbi Rob Lennick Rabbi
Rabbi Rob Lennick has returned to congregational life as Congregation Etz Chaim's rabbi-in-residence.
"The Torah reveals a beautiful way ..., 19 Sept 2015 [cached]
"The Torah reveals a beautiful way to aspire to and live a life of holiness through the various religious observances, ethical standards of conduct and justice, and the bounds of a civil society that God reveals in the Torah's words," said Rabbi Robert Lennick, spiritual leader of Congregation Etz Chaim in Bentonville.
The Torah, the first five books of the Bible for Jews, Christians and Muslims, begins with God's creation of the world and ends with the death of Moses, Lennick explained.
"Along the way, the Jews enter into a covenant with God initiated with Abraham and passed down to his son and grandson, Isaac and Jacob. Jacob's descendants, the Israelites, endure 400 years of Egyptian slavery; witness God's liberating power in their Exodus from Egypt; wander, wonder, question, rebel and re-affirm their faith many times; then receive God's incarnation of the law on Mount Sinai," Lennick said.
Lennick arrived in Northwest Arkansas nearly a year ago to guide Congregation Etz Chaim, currently in its 11th year. Through Project 613, Lennick wants the congregation to come together "to feel close to the tradition and give them a purpose to repair the world around them - which is what Jewish people are called to do."
Lennick also wants to focus on the continuity between generations to make the world a better place. "No one's going to repair the world for us," he said.
Project 613 also includes lessons for the community to act as a whole, as told through the Holocaust.
"Don't just accept what's going on - like the Holocaust or the terror currently caused by the Islamic State," Lennick said.
The Torah scroll coming to the Bentonville congregation has been traced - through its style of calligraphy - to Czechoslovakia, near Prague, Lennick said. "I know for sure it's 200 years old," he said.
As the Nazis overtook Jewish villages during World War II, they confiscated the Torahs for a "Museum of an Extinct Race," planned by Adolph Hitler, chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and leader of Nazi Germany.
But some scrolls were hidden away by members of the local communities. "I think this one was rescued," Lennick said. "In some small village, some righteous person or some courageous person saved the scroll for the synagogue."
From there, Lennick thinks the scroll passed through many private hands before it was given to a synagogue in Florida. Then Sofer on Site obtained the ancient document.
"We felt this (historic story) just added so many important levels of meaning to this project," Lennick said.
"It's a way that everybody can participate, and our community can become a living symbol of what it means to stand up to hate - in all forms, in all generations, in all times," Lennick said.
"Bringing the scroll back to life - pulled almost literally out of the ashes - declares the whole community stands against hate, violence, racism, prejudice and all forms of oppression," he continued. "It's very powerful."
Leaving a mark
Members of Etz Chaim and the entire Northwest Arkansas community are eligible to help restore this ancient piece. For a donation to the congregation, a single person can make an appointment for a private 10 minutes with the scribe. Each can write a single letter, or families and other groups can write entire passages, Lennick said.
"People will say, 'I don't know how to do it,' but the scribe (Druin) will write it with you," Lennick said.
Once completely repaired, the Torah will be used in regular worship in the synagogue at Etz Chaim, Lennick said. "It also can be shown and studied in the community. It is considered a community scroll," he said.
Contact the Religious School | Congregation Etz Chaim, 19 Sept 2015 [cached]
Rabbi Rob Lennick, Religious School Consultant ( / 484.707.0047)
Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, PA - Our Leadership, 2 Dec 2011 [cached]
Dr. Robert B. Lennick Rabbi
Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, PA - Rabbi, 2 Feb 2006 [cached]
Rabbi Rob Lennick KI is truly a wonderful place where Judaism is celebrated inclusively and the synagogue is a welcoming, warm home away from home. We all have stories of our experiences with synagogues, some positive and others negative. It is no surprise, perhaps, that one single meaningful memory with a temple can define a lifetime attitude toward Judaism and synagogues ... more from Rabbi Rob
Rabbi Dr. Robert B. Lennick became Keneseth Israel's spiritual leader on July 1st, 2006. He arrived at K.I. with 22 years of experience as a pulpit rabbi. He is happily married to Heidi and they have one daughter Sarah.
Following his ordination in 1984, Rabbi Lennick became an assistant rabbi at the prestigious Congregation Emanuel in Denver from 1984 to 1987 Assumed his own pulpit at Greenwich Reform Synagogue in Connecticut. During his tenure there the congregation went from 40 members who met in the basement of an Episcopal church to over 450 members in their own 40,000 sq. ft. permanent home. In 2000, President and CEO of Religion in American Life (RIAL), the oldest interfaith umbrella organization with the purpose of promoting religious tolerance and involvement among all Americans. He was the first Jewish leader of that organization in its 50 years of existence. However, after the 9/11 disaster, the focus of the organization changed to fundraising, and although Rabbi Lennick was very successful at it, in 2003 he left RIAL and assumed the pulpit at Temple Beth Am in Jupiter, Florida.
Torah Study
Thursdays, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on and is taught by Rabbi Rob, incorporates a careful reading of Torah with lively discussion and Jewish commentaries throughout the ages.
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