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Rabbi Walter at-left...to his left is Rabbi David Segal, who grew up at Emanu-El under Rabbi Walter's tutelage

Rabbi Walter, at-left...to his left is Rabbi David Segal, who grew up at Emanu-El under Rabbi Walter's tutelage

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I am a Christian.  And for the past ten years, I have had a rabbi.

Since October 2001, I have sung in the professional choir of Congregation Emanu-El in Houston, Texas, which has been led since 1978 by Senior Rabbi Roy A. Walter who was brought in by then-Senior Rabbi Robert I. Kahn, of blessed memory, as an Associate Rabbi in 1970.  Rabbi Walter at the close of this week’s Shabbat (sundown-Friday-to-sundown-Saturday 20-21 May) retires as Senior Rabbi, becoming Rabbi Emeritus.  His last service as Senior Rabbi will be Saturday morning 20 May.

I can safely speak for the whole of the professional choir that we have revered Rabbi Walter as a father-figure, and while we are happy as all-get-out he will leave the pulpit for many years of healthy and happy retirement, we have for a long time dreaded this week.

Thank you, Roy Walter, for being our rabbi, and thank you, sir, for being our friend.  You have been a joy to serve, and we wish you godspeed in the years to come.

Shabbat Shalom.

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Rabbi Walter’s biography from the Emanu-El website
Houstonlifestyles.com blurb about this weekend’s tribute for Rabbi Walter
Official information page from Emanu-El’s website about this weekend’s Rabbi Walter tribute

The above photo is from http://houstonlifestyles.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/h-walter-511.gif though on the original website, no photo credit is given.


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