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Meet Our Rabbi!
Rabbi Bruce Diamond holds his ordination from Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, which also conferred upon him his Doctor of Divinities Degree.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, our rabbi received his diploma from its prestigious Yeshivah of Flatbush and his undergraduate degree from Bard College in the Hudson Valley. He also pursued advanced studies in Talmud and Bible at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rabbi Diamond has taught as an adjunct professor at Willamette University, Southwestern Missouri State University, and for several years locally at Florida Gulf Coast University, with a focus on civic engagement, critical thinking skills and social ethics.
Before coming to us, he served congregations in Missouri, Oregon and New Hampshire. He served our country as a chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve. He is a nationally-recognized human rights advocate concentrating on the areas of health care and homelessness. You can read more about him in Randy Shilts' book, Conduct Unbecoming.
While he has served larger, well-established congregation, Rabbi Diamond's life-long passion is the incubation of new congregations. He was also the founding rabbi of the Etz Hayim Synagogue in Derry New Hampshire, and the first rabbi-in-resident in Salem Oregon. His student pulpits were in Union City, Tennessee and Guatemala City.
Rabbi Diamond's field of academic concentration is on hidden meanings in ancient and classical Jewish sources. He pioneered research into covert communications techniques in the Bible ('Bible codes") and brings that passion to our very popular Shabbat morning Torah Study classes. He is a dynamic public speaker and gifted teacher.A full-time resident of Fort Myers and father of 2, our distinguished rabbi is helping us create a new and exciting model for a spiritually and intellectually enriched new way of having a synagogue!
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