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Office of Multicultural Affairs Welcomes New Rabbi for the Collegiate Religious Center

January 12, 2022

 

 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is pleased to announce and welcome a new member of our Chaplaincy team: Rabbi Ahuvah Loewenthal (she/her).

 

 

Rabbi Ahuvah joins WPI as a Worcester local who is passionate about connecting with students and supporting them through their faith journeys. She will be serving as an additional Chaplain for the Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) at 19 Schussler Road alongside Father Alfredo and Reverend Leshay (who is currently on sabbatical) as well as a faith representative for Hillel.

 

A rabbi is a teacher of Judaism. The word itself literally translates from Hebrew to “my teacher” or “my master”. Today, the rabbinate is a profession, and rabbis are almost always graduates of recognized rabbinic seminaries, though some do receive so called “private semichah,” the authority of which rests on the rabbi who gives it. The main Jewish denominations in the United States all have rabbinical seminaries associated with them. There are also a number of major ultra-Orthodox rabbinical academies, as well as non-denominational schools that are not affiliated with any of the major movements and whose graduates typically serve non-Orthodox or communal institutions.  (My Jewish Learning)

 

Rabbi Ahuvah is eager to meet with students and is holding student hours during C-Term. To schedule time to connect with Rabbi Ahuvah or to reach her, please email aloewenthal@wpi.edu.

 

Please join us in sending a warm welcome to Rabbi Ahuvah as she joins our WPI community!

 

Our Campus Chaplains serve as a resource for individuals on campus who seek guidance. Whether an individual wants to deepen their faith, finds themselves at a crossroads, or would like to begin exploring their spirituality and worldview, a Chaplain can advise and support them through many different life changes. A Chaplain’s training also includes mentoring the members of the campus community in general matters of faith, along with specific times of hardship. What’s more, Chaplains provide support to faculty and staff members who need spiritual or emotional guidance. Additionally, Chaplains heighten awareness on the part of faculty and staff about resources for helping students. They help the campus community at large understand, appreciate, and respect the diverse faiths students may practice, encouraging an awareness of all religions, known as religious literacy.

 

The Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) provides a space to WPI students, faculty and staff, and their guests, for the purpose of religious exploration, devotions, worship, prayer, education, administration and fellowship. This building includes several reservable spaces to suit both spiritual and non-spiritual needs, including a multifaith meeting space, prayer room, chapel, and multifaith worship space.