Do we really not have enough rabbis—or do we have too many?

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Back in March, Tablet published an article called “Wanted: More Rabbis“, about how non-Orthodox seminaries are trying to adapt to changing communal needs and shrinking enrollment. It got us thinking: Does society really not have enough rabbis, or do we have too many? With synagogue attendance in decline, rabbis are different today than they were 50 years ago—different expectations, different roles, different needs. To discuss the changing face of the Canadian rabbinate, we’re joined by Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin, a rabbi at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto.


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