A Shabbaton weekend at Metairie’s Congregation Beth Israel onFriday and Saturday, September 14 -15, was marked with solemnity and celebration as Rabbi Josh Pernick was formally installed as the spiritual leader of the oldest Orthodox synagogue in the area.
At 30, Pernick, a recent graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) in Riverdale, New York, became the youngest rabbi in the congregation’s history and the first to assume the pulpit who was not already married.
A Shabbat dinner on Friday evening followed worship services and special Sabbath worship services and a Kiddush lunch were held on Saturday at the synagogue located at 4004 West Esplanade Avenue. Following the Havdalah service on Saturday night, Rabbi Yonah Berman, a member of the YCT faculty, formalized the installation. Berman has known Rabbi Pernick even before he entered the seminary.
A former pulpit rabbi from Boston, Berman was the rabbi at the synagogue Pernick attended while working on a graduate degree at Brandeis University. The two were later coworkers at the Jewish Community Day School in Boston prior to Pernick’s decision to follow the path to his rabbinate.
Photos from the event are here: