Sponsor: Rep. Bill Young, (R-FL)
Date of Prayer: 10/28/2009
Mr. YOUNG of Florida. Madam Speaker, our guest chaplain today is Rabbi Jacob Luski of Congregation B’Nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Rabbi Luski is a longtime friend and constituent and one of our community’s most respected religious leaders. He has served his congregation faithfully for 32 years and is an important leader in a number of community organizations, including serving as a Jewish chaplain ministering to our veterans for the last 20 years at the Veterans Medical Center at Bay Pines.
Madam Speaker, Rabbi Luski is a 1971 graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor of science degree in industrial management. He went on to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained there in 1977, and he earned his doctorate of divinity degree there in 2003.
Something very interesting about Rabbi Luski : He was born in Havana, Cuba, on November 2, 1949, which makes him, in just a couple of days, 60 years old. But he left Cuba 50 years ago at the age of 10 and came to the United States with his family. Rabbi Luski has with him this morning his mother, his father, and his sister.
Madam Speaker, it is an honor for me to welcome Rabbi Luski to the House this morning, along with his wife, Joanne, and one of his four children, Rachel.
Thank you for your inspiring life story, Rabbi, and for your devotion to your synagogue and to the people of our community and for your friendship of many, many years.
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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:
we are grateful to You
for this moment of meditation,
which can help us to catch our breath
in the midst of our busy,
and often self–centered day.
lest we be too gloomy
or too timid
Help us to be guides
into unborn tomorrows
rather than merchants
dealing with yesterdays;
to be creative cooperators
in the world as it should be,
rather than clever competitors
in the world as it is.
Help us to appreciate
and to respect
the many and varied ways
that we serve You.
Bless all the members of this House of Representatives.
Grant them wisdom
so they may govern
our great nation
Guardian of life and liberty,
may our nation
always merit your protection.
May the spirit of peace and love
renew our country,
and our world.
111th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 155, No. 158 — Daily Edition (October 28, 2009)
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