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Yom Shlishi, 20 Tammuz 5775

Rabbi Daniel A. Roberts


Rabbi Daniel A. Roberts, D.D., DMin., FT, is the rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanu El in Cleveland Ohio, where he served for 35 years. For many years, he actively pursued interfaith dialogue, spearheading the formation of a coalition with Temple Emanu El and Antioch Baptist Church to enhance African-American Jewish understanding, and a discussion group with Church of the Saviour. Rabbi Roberts is a past president of the Heights Interfaith Council and the Cleveland Board of Rabbis, founder of "Summer Song" (an annual choir concert featuring choirs from the different faiths in the Cleveland community), and is one of the founders of the Congregational/Community Institute of Adult Jewish Studies. Rabbi Roberts also served as a monthly rabbi in Sharon, PA and helped them in their merger with another congregation.

Rabbi Roberts is the immediate past Treasurer of the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), a national organization comprising over 2000 members. He has written numerous chapters on the topic of bereavement and Judaism and has produced a multi-media presentation on teenage suicide prevention, "Inside, I Ache," which has been used in schools all over the country. Rabbi Roberts, in a soon to be published book, is currently writing about Clergy Retirement: Every Ending a Beginning.

Rabbi Roberts has served on the Cuyahoga County Task Force on Teenage Suicide, the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and on the advisory board of the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance. He currently is a member of the Jewish National Fund Regional Board. In 1992 he was honored by the city of University Heights, Ohio with the “Outstanding Community Service Award”. In 2008 Rabbi Roberts was given the Frieda and Max Davis award for his work in Social Justice by Temple Emanu El. In 2011 Rabbi Roberts was named, Cleveland’s Funniest Rabbi.

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