The London Times – Rabbi’s act of faith is surfboard preaching

On a recent afternoon, Rabbi Hanniel Levenson and his congregation floated on their boards in the sea off the eastern tip of Long Island, waiting for the big one. 

The rabbi caught a wave. “I was just cruising it, hanging out,” he said yesterday. “It wasn’t a big wave at all but I surrendered to the ocean. 

That’s another very important spiritual teaching. There is such strength in surrender.” 

Rabbi Levenson’s surfing services began this summer, as part of an effort to reach a younger generation. His synagogue, The Jewish Centre of the Hamptons, had long sought to marry worship and religious teaching with the chief pre-occupations of their holidaying congregation, by holding Friday night Shabbat services on a nearby beach. 

Rabbi Levenson conceived of…

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