Little Rock's only reform synagogue gets new rabbi, first in 26 years

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - For the first time in more than a quarter century, Temple B'nai Israel gets a new rabbi.

Rabbi Barry Block was officially installed at the temple on Rodney Parham Road on Friday night. At least a dozen interfaith clergy and hundreds of temple congregants were on hand for the occasion.

Sunday morning, the temple's religious school held their own installation service.

Block says although Little Rock's Jewish community is small, it has played a significant part in Little Rock's history.

"In particular as I heard the story of the role of the Jewish community in Little Rock, in the civil rights struggle in the Central High story, I really was inspired by what this congregation can do, what it has done and certainly what its future can be," said Block.

Block takes over from Rabbi Eugene Levy who retired back in 2011.

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