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RELIGION BRIEFS Rabbi Matthew Dreffin with his parents, Scott and Lori, and his nephew, Asher. Contributed photo SARASOTA MAN ORDAINED A RABBI IN LOS ANGELES Matthew Dreffin, son of Lori and Scott Dreffin of Sarasota, was ordained a rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles in May. up spending his summers at URJ Camp Coleman in Georgia and had his Bar Mitzvah and was confirmed at Temple Sinai, the release continues. He went on to graduate from Tulane University with a degree in studio arts. Dreffin also earned a Master of Arts degree He also won an award at Tulane for most outin Hebrew letters from HUC-JIR in 2010 and standing glass art student. a Master of Arts degree in Jewish education in 2011. He was awarded the L.H. Rubin Me- Dreffin will join the staff of the Goldring/ morial Prize for his outstanding art capstone Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, based in Jackson, MI, where he will be on the project, a news release says. staff of the Education and Rabbinic Services The Dreffins have long been associated with Department, the release notes. He will coordiSarasota reform congregations — first at Tem- nate the work of nine Education Fellows, who ple Emanu-El and then as founders of Temple travel each weekend to some of the more than Sinai, the release adds. Matthew Dreffin grew 70 participating congregations.

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