On Sunday, October 7th, the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms, the Synagogue of Pike County, welcomed its new spiritual leader, Rabbi Steve Nathan at a breakfast hosted by the Fellowship Men’s Club.  Dan Marcus, Men’s Club President, introduced the Rabbi to an overflow crowd who heard Rabbi Nathan describe his background and answer questions from the floor about his vision for the future of the Fellowship. Rabbi Nathan received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston College. His graduate degree was done at Columbia Teacher’s College where he received a degree in counseling and psychology. Judaism and Jewish life was always very important to him. Wanting to combine Judaism and counseling, Rabbi Nathan attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and became ordained as a Rabbi. The Reconstructionist movement emphasizes a community based approach where the Rabbi and the community decide what path to take. Rabbi Nathan is currently the Educational director of the religious school of Temple Israel in Scranton. He also counsels children and adolescents. Rabbi Nathan, a third generation native of Scranton, recounted to attendees that he was attracted to the position at the Fellowship because he likes diversity. The Fellowship services a diverse population from Reform to Orthodox to Reconstructionist. Rabbi Nathan enjoys writing prose and poetry on Jewish themes. To conclude his talk, he shared with the breakfast audience one of his poems called “The Conversation Begins” about the beginning of a conversation with God and His people. Rabbi Nathan made the analogy that he considered his welcome breakfast as the beginning of a conversation between himself and Fellowship members. Those in attendance all expressed delight and the congregation’s good fortune to have Rabbi Nathan as its spiritual leader.  Many commented on the warmth and spirituality he conveyed, his articulate and knowledgeable address, and his beautiful singing voice as well. As past spiritual leaders have done, Rabbi Nathan will participate and represent the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms in many of the upcoming ecumenical events traditionally held in the local Hemlock Farms community.  Until then, the congregation extends a warm invitation to anyone interested from Hemlock Farms or outside in the local Pike and Wayne County communities to come meet Rabbi Nathan and the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms members at Friday night or Saturday morning services on the 1st and 3rd weekend of each month. Services are followed by an Oneg Shabbat of light refreshments.  Please call the Fellowship office (570) 775-7497 to verify the time of the service.