The Philipstown Reform Synagogue is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum (Rabbi Mike) is PRS Rabbi, as well as Director of Congregational Learning at Kehillat Lev Shalem, the Woodstock Jewish Congregation. He received his degree in Public Policy and Economics from New College of Florida and rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York City. Rabbi Mike says that it was his commitment to social justice that first drew him to serious Jewish study and his work has included extensiveexperience with community and religious social justice organizations, which include the New York Forum of Concerned Religious Leaders, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Rabbinical Students for a Just Peace and the Committee for the Human Rights of Immigrants. Rabbi Mike is an alumnus of Seminary Summer, a joint project ofthe AFL-CIO and Interfaith Worker Justice to bring labor organizers and clergy together, and is the co-chair of the Jewish Peace Fellowship, a Jewish nonviolence advocacy group.

A Word About Passover ~ April 6, 2012

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum



Passover is our celebration of liberation, the time set aside for the Jewish people to get free. Each year we are each instructed to see ourselves as the ones who are leaving Egypt. Each of us faces a personal Egypt, a place of confinement that holds us down, or holds us back. Just as the soft leaves of Springs green plants can break through the hardest seed, so are we given the power to overcome the greatest Egypts that keep us from reaching our best selves. What is your Egypt? Can you imagine what your life would look life if you were free? Whats the first step you can take on that journey of liberation?

A Word from

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum