Temple Israel is going back to the future to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Emeritus David Horowitz. 

Over the course of the two-day celebration, Horowitz said the congregation will reflect on his career, but will also look to the future of the congregation.

Since the beginning of Horowitz’s rabbinate, he’s worked on strengthening interfaith relationships and served on the Akron Area Interfaith Council, where he also served as president. During his time there, he expanded the council to include other faiths like Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu.  

“It is a matter of developing trust between the two or more (religious) communities,” he said. “It’s always been –

in my mind – vital that the Jewish community be a part of the entire faith community in any location I’ve lived.”

Prior to his tenure in Bath Township, he served congregations in Indianapolis and Hammond, Ind. Immediately after retiring, he served as rabbi of Temple Shalom in Queensland, Australia, for a year. 

During his time as rabbi at the temple from 1983 to 2001, Horowitz was also a part of PFLAG, an organization for the family and allies of the LGBTQ community. He was active in the Akron chapter and served as national president of the organization from 2010 to 2014, where he expanded an equality in the work place program for LGBTQ people into faith communities.

Among the highlights of his 18 years as rabbi, Horowitz said the most meaningful has been serving his congregation. 

“There will be lots of stuff in the bio, a lot of organizations I belong to and I chaired, committees I chaired...,” he said. “They’re all there. They were all important. They were all good things. But for me, what I wanted is people to say, ‘He cared about me.’ To me, that’s the highlight of my career, being able to serve in the congregation.” 

The events will start with a Shabbat service and reception June 21 at the Bath Township temple where attendees will use an edition of The Union Prayer Book Horowitz used 50 years ago when he left the seminary. The celebration will continue June 22 with a “Back to the Future” -themed tribute dinner. 

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