Rabbi Emerita Sally Finestone

Rabbi Sally Finestone

Rabbi Sally Finestone has recently joined Temple Har Shalom in Fort Collins. She served for twenty years as the Rabbi and Education Director of Congregation Or Atid, and as an instructor and counselor at the Harvard Divinity School. She began her rabbinic career as a Hillel director, and has worked on campuses in Cincinnati, Houston, and at Harvard.

Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Rabbi Finestone attended Duke University, and then attended Hebrew Union College - Jewish institute of Religion in Cincinnati for her rabbinic training, becoming the 11th woman in Jewish history to be ordained. She also holds a Masters in Hebrew Literature and an honorary doctorate from HUC-JIR, and a Masters in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. Her academic areas of interest include Biblical studies, medieval philosophy and thought, and history. A lover of classical music, dogs, and the New England Patriots, Rabbi Finestone has been married to Rabbi Boaz Heilman for almost 40 years, and they have been blessed with two children, Hannah and Jonathan.

Social Action

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: March 17:  Help cook and deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. Register for Feb. 26 training session here.

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: March 3: Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.

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Adult Education

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage brings special blessings and insights. Or Atid offers a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way. 

Bad-ss Broads of the Bible:
10-session course, starting Oct. 16, 10am-noon
Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group will explore audacious female characters in the Hebrew Bible.

"Israel 101+: Exploring the History of Zionism and the Modern State of Israel
Feb. 27, March 6 & 12, 7:30-9:30pm 
Co-led by Gann Academy, learn the dynamics behind the establishment of Israel, and its current political ideologies and future outlook. RSVP to Amy by Feb. 1. Details here.

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