|Shabbat to celebrate Rabbi Ike Serotta|
We learn in Pirke Avot, the ethics of our fathers
יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֶּן פְּרַחְיָה אוֹמֵר, עֲשֵׂה לְךָ רַב, וּקְנֵה לְךָ חָבֵר, וֶהֱוֵי דָן אֶת כָּל הָאָדָם לְכַף זְכוּת:
Yehoshua ben Perachia says, "Make for yourself a mentor, acquire for yourself a friend and judge every person as meritorious."
The first time I met Rabbi Serotta was at Olin Sang Ruby Union institute a favorite place of ours, and when he then came to Lakeside I was very happy about his selection as our Rabbi.
During these last 20 years, he has been a teacher, mentor Rabbi, and a good friend to me and my family and to all of us in this room. I could not have asked for a better partner for all things concerning lifelong learning and Lakeside Congregation.
I invite you to stand if Rabbi Serotta has officiated at your:
Became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah
at a marriage or other life cycle event
taught you at Torah study
Adult education class
Adult enrichment class
Hearing a sermon…any sermon by Rabbi Serotta.
We have all learned from Rabbi Serotta, and I think I can safely say he has judged all of us with merit.