Rabbi Raskin Installation


Rabbi Fred Raskind will be installed as the new spiritual leader of Temple Bet Yam in St Augustine, on Sunday, October 13th, at 3:00 PM. The congregation invites the public to join them for the ceremony and reception.

Rabbi Raskind moved to St. Augustine in August and conducted his first service on August 23rd. Before coming to Temple Bet Yam, he served as Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Abraham in Hagerstown Maryland for ten years. Within that community he was active in the Interfaith Coalition, HARC (Hagerstown Area Religious Council) and TORCH club. Rabbi Raskind graduated from Boston University and then attended Columbia University where he studied philosophy and comparative religion. He also took coursework at three Divinity Schools, Boston University, Union Theological Seminary (NYC) and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College, New York and later served on pulpits in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Rabbi Raskind also served for two years as part-time Jewish Chaplain at the V.A. facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The installation ceremony will be conducted by Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky, Rabbi Emeritus,of Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, Florida. Immediately prior to his installation at Temple Beth Torah in 1996,Rabbi Pinsky served as the Regional Director of the Midwest Council of the Union for Reform Judaism.. He earned his BA from Franklin and Marshall College. his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters (MHL) from Hebrew Union College, and was ordained in 1971. He served congregations in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Florida.. In 1996 Rabbi Pinsky was awarded the Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion celebrating his 25th anniversary of rabbinic service.


Temple Bet Yam is a Reform congregation, located at 2055 Wildwood Drive in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-819-1875