Judge Polster: I will definitely come back to Chabad for Shabbat services.

Dear Rabbi,

I am a federal judge in Cleveland Ohio, where I belong to two Conservative synagogues and am very active in Jewish community affairs, particularly in the area of Jewish education. I came to Chisinau/Kishinev for a week in mid-May with a colleague from Philadelphia to help train Moldovan judges, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.

I wanted to attend Shabbat services Friday, May 18, so I located Chabad, which was a short walk from my hotel. It is a wonderful feeling to walk into a synagogue anywhere in the world and feel at home, and that’s how I felt as soon as I arrived. I don’t speak Russian or Romanian, but I was able to converse a bit in Hebrew until the Rabbi arrived. I had no difficulty following the service in Hebrew. I kept thinking that my great-grandparents must have prayed in a synagogue much like this one before they emigrated to the United States in the late 1800’s. There were many people in attendance, and I was gratified to see a number of young people. Some spoke English, which made communicating easier.

I stayed afterward for a short time to have a little dinner, even though I had eaten earlier in the evening while my colleague and I debriefed our week in Moldova, because I so enjoyed the company. There was a very special spirit that evening. I plan to return to Moldova for additional training sessions with the judges, and I will definitely come back to Chabad for Shabbat services.

Dan Aaron Polster

 

Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio talks to an Anti-Defamation League group Feb. 8. CJN Photo / Amanda Koehn

Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio talks to an Anti-Defamation League group Feb. 8.
CJN Photo / Amanda Koehn

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