Visiting Rabbi to lead High Holiday services in Beaufort

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Rabbi Louis W. Sutker

Congregation Beth Israel in Beaufort welcomes Rabbi Louis W. Sutker, who will be on hand from Sept. 6 through Oct. 4 to conduct High Holiday and Shabbat services. Rosh Hashana services will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, and continue at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10.  The Rabbi will lead Yom Kippur services on Tuesday evening, Sept. 18; the doors will close promptly at 7 p.m. for Kol Nidre, the traditional prayer of atonement. Services will continue starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, concluding with the breaking of the fast at dusk. For details of the services offered and times, please visit the website at

Rabbi Sutker is a native of Savannah who currently lives in Victoria, Canada.  He earned a Masters, PhD and a post-doctoral fellowship, and was a practicing psychologist until his retirement.  In 2005, he completed his semicha through Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal.  He served as Interim Rabbi for Congregation Kolot Mayim Reform synagogue in Victoria.  From 2015-2017, he served as Interim Rabbi for renewal Congregation Or Shalom in Vancouver and Conservative Congregation El Hal in West Vancouver.  Adept at conducting both traditional and innovative services, Rabbi Sutker has led numerous weddings, brit and funerals, as well as Jewish studies.

Visitors are welcome. Although the Congregation does not sell tickets to High Holiday services, donations to the historic Synagogue are appreciated. Founded in 1905, Beth Israel Congregation has continuously operated at 401 Scott Street in Beaufort. Barbara Mark, the synagogue’s president, can be reached at 843-525-1052 for further information, or you can learn more about worship services and events at  

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