Rabbi Robert H Loewy

Rabbi Robert H. Loewy is the Rabbi of Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, LA. He assumed that position in August of 1984. Prior to that, he was the Assistant and then Associate Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas for seven years.

Rabbi Loewy is a native of Hempstead, N.Y. He received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1972, M.H.L. degree from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1975, and was ordained as a Rabbi from that institution in 1977.

In addition to developing an active synagogue program, Rabbi Loewy is currently President of the Greater New Orleans Rabbinic Council, Program Chair for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and Board Member for the New Orleans Jewish Day School, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Henry S. Jacobs Camp and the East Jefferson General Hospital Pastoral Counseling Program.

In addition he has been President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis, President of the New Orleans Jewish Days School, Chairman of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Secretary of the Greater Houston Rabbinical Association, Executive Board Member of the CCAR, ARZA and Dillard University Center for Black/Jewish Relations, and Jewish Chautauqua Society Lecturer at University of New Orleans and Loyola University, .

Rabbi Loewy is married to the former Lynn Rosenfeld and has five children, Karen, and her husband David Widzer, David, Sara and Mica and one magnificent grandson- Judah Benjamin Loewy Widzer.

Happy Is The One…

ROSH HASHANAH EVENING 5768 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy This evening I wish you “L’Shanah Tovah”, while in English we say Happy New Year.” These are not exactly the same. “L’Shanah tovah” implies all will be well, but also that you...

 

The Bridge To Forgiveness

The Bridge To Forgiveness

Yom Kippur Eve- 5768 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy   My dear friends, the plaintive call of Kol Nidre reaches out to us, as we entreat God to forgive us for all that we have done wrong in the year gone by. At the same time we are called to be...

 

In The Footsteps Of The Prophets

YOM KIPPUR MORNING 5768 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy             This morning I want to tell you about some real people whom I have met in recent days. I think of them as “mitzvah heroes.” Some are even seated on our pulpit this morning....

 

We Do Need To Be Perfected: A Response to Ann Coulter

By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy October 19, 2007 My friends, God wants us to be perfect, so does Ann Coulter. However what God wants of us and what Ann seeks for us are two very different paths to perfection. Let’s start with God in this week’s...

 

Many Have Gone Forth

October 26, 2007 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy   “I want to stay in your country and be a citizen,” said the older looking gentleman standing in front of the Immigration Officer. Officer: “How did you get here?” Applicant: “Easy,...

 

Passover And The Presidential Race

April 18, 2008 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy At Purim time we had lots of fun this year. In our Purim spiel, with tongues firmly planted in cheek we connected Esther with Clinton, Obama with Haman, Mordecai with Huckabee, and Achashveros with McCain....

 

Parting The Waters

January 18, 2008 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy A little boy came home from religious school one Sunday and his dutiful parents asked him what he learned. With great excitement he told them about the story of Moses and the Israelites and their escape...

 

Ishmael And Isaac: Struggling Brothers

November 9, 2007 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy   Like many of you, I have a brother. And like many of you there have been times, when the two of us have not been on the best of terms. Fortunately, most of those occurred when we were young children,...

 

Explaining A Stereotype: Jews And Money Lending

May 16, 2008 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy   All of us have heard the comments: references to “rich Jews” or “cheap Jews.” Sometimes we hear the expression “Shylocks,” when describing someone who is a loan shark and occasionally...

 

Tim Russert Remembered – Father’s Day

June 13, 2008 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy Early this afternoon many of you probably heard that NBC journalist Tim Russert died of a heart attack in Washington at the age of 58. I did not know him personally, but like many, I felt as if I did. He...