This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Rabbi Sanford Akselrad, author of Love in the Time of Corona. In this episode of “Talk About Las Vegas With Ira,” Rabbi Akselrad talks about the impact of the virus on his congregation and his decision to write a sermon each week about it (of which 100 turned into this book); why he believes his book has a message about both the time of Corona and simultaneously is timeless and universal; the contribution of technology to both spread the message and comfort people; the lessons he learned while writing each week and why the book spoke to him as well as to other people; and why it’s important to choose life, choose love.
Rabbi Akselrad has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Tamid since he came to Las Vegas in 1988. During this time, the Synagogue grew from approximately 60 to more than 600 families, becoming the largest Reform Synagogue in the State of Nevada. He has served on a wide variety of community boards including the Humana Hospital Pastoral Advisory Board, the Jewish Nevada, Jewish Family Services and the National Conference of Community and Justice.