High Holy Days Hall: Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz

The School marked the Jewish High Holy Days in Hall on 10 September. Our guest speaker was Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz, of Temple Emanuel in Newton, who illuminated the traditions of the Jewish faith surrounding Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.It is Roxbury Latin’s mission to gather all kinds of boys committed to understanding and celebrating differences, including differences of faith, and to expose them to a broad and deep wellspring of knowledge. In the spirit of this mission we seek opportunities to hear from witnesses to these different faith traditions so that our own journeys toward meaning and fulfillment can be most hopefully informed. We were privileged to welcome Rabbi Gardenswartz on this occasion.

Rabbi Gardenswartz is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and practiced civil litigation law from 1986 to 1993 with the Boston law firm of Goulston & Storrs. In 1993 he entered the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he won the Stephen Henry Shefrin Memorial Prize and The Cyrus Adler Prize. He has served Temple Emmanuel for the past 18 years.