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Greenwich's Temple Sholom Hosts Father, Son Rabbis

Greenwich's Temple Sholom will welcome the return of Rabbinic Intern Rabbi Erez Sherman and his father author Rabbi Charles Sherman on Friday, May 16 for a weekend of activities.
Greenwich's Temple Sholom will welcome the return of Rabbinic Intern Rabbi Erez Sherman and his father author Rabbi Charles Sherman on Friday, May 16 for a weekend of activities. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich's Temple Sholom will welcome the return of Rabbinic Intern Erez Sherman and his father, author Rabbi Charles Sherman, for a series of activities.

The activities will include Musical Shabbat Services, Shabbat Dinner, Torah Study and a discussion about their family memoir, “The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy after Heartbreak.”

"Many members of the Greenwich community will remember Rabbi Erez Sherman as Temple Sholom’s Rabbinic Intern who relocated five years ago to Los Angeles, California," said a press release. "This spring he returns with his father and author, Rabbi Charles Sherman as part of Temple Sholom’s on-going Scholar-in-Residence series to discuss, 'The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy after Heartbreak,' a story that chronicles the journey of Sherman’s eldest son, Eyal who suffered a brain-stem stroke at age 4, leaving him a quadriplegic and vent dependent. Today, Eyal is an accomplished artist and a source of strength and hope for the family."

The elder Sherman hopes that the story will provide a source of strength for others.

“Some years ago, I began talking publicly about our family story. I was somewhat surprised when people would come up to me afterward and say they related to my journey," he said. "And it wasn’t just people who had a sick or disabled child. It seems, that for all of us, at some point, something unexpected, unwanted comes into our lives.”

The weekend events start with musical Shabbat Services at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Temple Sholom located at 300 E. Putnam Ave. in Greenwich. Following the service there will be a Shabbat dinner and discussion on “The Broken and the Whole” led by the author Rabbi Charles Sherman. Registration for the Shabbat dinner and discussion is required and there is a suggested donation of $18 which can be paid at the door.

To register for the Shabbat dinner and discussion or for more information about these events, residents can contact Alice Schoen at Alice.schoen@templesholom.com or 203-542-7165.