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Rabbi Joe Klein was ordained from the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a Master of Hebrew Letters, and served as rabbi at Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga TN and United Hebrew Congregation in Terre Haute IN, before coming to Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park, MI. He became Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Emanu-El in 2013.

Rabbi Klein currently teaches in the Religious Studies Dept. of Oakland University and in the metro-Detroit Jewish community. While in Indiana and Tennessee he was Adjunct Faculty in Humanities at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, teaching courses on Genesis, Hebrew Scripture, First Century History, New Testament, and Introduction to Judaism.

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To be religious is to have a trusting, confident connection to God, to our people or to our heritage. And it is because of the surety, the value, the meaning—the dependable “truth” of those relationships that we then behave in particularly “religious ways.” If you are connected, then you are religious -- indeed, one’s religious behavior is the evidence of that connection, and a reflection of the quality of that connection. Do we live our lives as the People Israel with emunah, in ‘faithful’ reflection of our relationship to the God of Israel? If so, then we are “religious” Jews.

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