Rabbi Blumofe Shares Messages of Love and Unity With Trinity
Our dear friend Rabbi Neil Blumofe joined us again for Chapel, where he shared messages of love and unity and played his shofar, a traditional Jewish instrument made from a ram’s horn. He shared with Lower School students how a shofar is sometimes used to wake up.
There is a time to wake up because the world needs us. The shofar is like your heartbeat. We listen to it and realize our lives are holy and they matter. Think about the gifts you have and what the world might need from you.
The Senior Rabbi at Congregation Agudas Achim in Northwest Hills, Rabbi Blumofe has been a close friend of Trinity for many years, speaking in Chapel services and during programming about interfaith dialogue and partnerships.
“The generosity of the Trinity community allows us to continue to share across communities and to inspire and enthuse the children, the community – and me – to recognize how much we have in common and how much we can learn together,” said Blumofe. “I give great credit to Trinity for being so creative and committed to a broad understanding of faith, of divinity, and of possibility.”
He reminded our Lower School students of three important things as he closed his talk:
- Ask questions
- You are loved
- Enjoy yourself
About Rabbi Neil Blumofe
Rabbi Blumofe is a husband and father of three and a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary (Rabbinical School, Cantorial School, and Graduate School), and of the Academy for Jewish Religion – California (Rabbinical School). In the Jewish world, he is involved in the Clergy Leadership Incubator (Mentor); the Shalom Hartman Institute – Jerusalem (Senior Fellow); Rabbis Without Borders (Fellow); and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (Hevraya). He is active in civic life in Austin, currently serving on the Executive Board for Leadership Austin and the Board of Directors of Texas Impact and Texas Freedom Network. He is also on the GRACE Task Force (Governor’s Response Against Child Exploitation), which fights child sex trafficking in Texas. Rabbi Blumofe regularly convenes conversations and evenings of jazz — exploring identity, heritage, and meaning — connecting Judaism, spirituality, and African-American traditions all within the storied history of the United States. He teaches rabbinical and cantorial students studying at Academy for Jewish Religion (NY), and those studying for their degrees in Divinity at Austin Seminary, and The Seminary of the Southwest.