This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Rabbi Sanford Akselrad, spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Tamid. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Rabbi Akselrad talks about the emotional and spiritual effects of the coronavirus virus in Las Vegas; how people are lonely, but not alone; how technology has enabled clergy of all faiths to communicate with their congregations; why people turn to religion in times of stress; and why, due to the coronavirus, we are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.
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 over 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.