Monday, June 22, 2009

Rabbi Leonard Helman

Rabbi Helman is a great dancer.

When Judge Tommy Fiorina started his 'Turkeys for Tickets' program to help feed needy folks on Thanksgiving he asked Rabbi Leonard Helman to speak at the court about the history of amnesty. And just like the Rabbi always does, he spoke eloquently about the generosity of forgiveness and also to his credit the Rabbi never shied away from things political.

After I was on a TV show (City Confidential) about a tragic murder, Rabbi Helman was the only person in Santa Fe to call me immediately after it aired. Although I didn't show it, I was a little concerned about the repercussions of my public statements on that show. I will always appreciate that call and the strength it gave me.

The photo above is from my wife's Conformation Class at Temple Beth Israel in West Hartford, Connecticut some 51 years ago. Truly, Leonard Helman has been a wonderful influence in both of our lives. Thank you Rabbi.

Rabbi Helman


At 1:09 PM, Blogger Mimi's Place said...

I knew this man. Rabbi Helman, yes, I was about 13 years old and remember him well. His kindness and gentle ways. A fine man that I clearly remember and that photo really brings it home. I lived in West Hartford for about 27 years.

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Rabbi Helman, in Santa Fe. Rabbi Helman enriched my life with knowledge and joy. As he passes on I know his soul will be received with gentleness and love. Henry Joseph a friend...


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