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Rabbi Yitzhak Miller / Rabbi Yitzhak Miller

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I can’t believe that this so called “leader” has now set up shop on the internet… Do people have any idea what kind of havoc he caused in our community? And to answer the questions he poses on the frontpage of the website: Is he scary? Will he bite? …YES and…YES. Now let me tell you why. Yizty is an unbalanced guy, and it goes WAY back. He just can not get it together. He was fired from the synagogue, could not get another real job, and now he is unemployable. So I discover, that in addition to raging at the credit union and the donut shop, he has attempted to solve his problems by luring unsuspecting people who are interested in Judaism over the Internet. Little do these people know that this man has a REAL temper. We in Riverside, have all experienced it first-hand. And if you have something tasty in your hand, you better watch that too! He has attempted vehicular manslaughter so he would surely bite you! Yitzhak Miller represents a great danger to the online community because he is not fit as a leader. Yet he spends an enormous amount of advertising claiming that he is a leader in the area of what he does. What Yitzhak Miller did for Riverside is terrorize our community and leave us with a lack of faith in Jewish clergy. This is not the type of person who should be a Rabbi

Rabbi at Riverside's oldest synagogue resigns amid complaints of conduct

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_rabbi26.32d1464.html

10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 25, 2008

By GREGOR McGAVIN
The Press-Enterprise

The spiritual leader of Riverside's oldest synagogue is stepping down, more than two months after he grazed a school psychologist with his truck during an argument over who was first in line at a drive-through ATM.

No one was hurt in the Nov. 5 fracas at Altura Credit Union in Riverside, and a judge this month dismissed misdemeanor charges of battery and hit and run against Temple Beth El Rabbi Yitzhak Miller.

Jory Yarmoff, president of the temple's board of directors, confirmed that the board has accepted the resignation.

He said that since the credit union incident, individual congregants have come forward to complain about how Miller treated them.

"The other issues predate the credit union incident. That just served to focus people's attention, " Yarmoff said.

"Anger management was part of it. The other part of it was his ability to successfully partner with temple leadership."

Miller resigned, effective June 30, in a letter to temple members dated Jan. 14, the day charges against him were dismissed. He has shaken hands and made up with his counterpart in the Nov. 5 incident, both sides said. That man, William Hendrick, a psychologist with the Riverside Unified School District, even wrote a letter asking temple members to forgive the rabbi.

Yarmoff praised the work Miller has done since arriving in July 2006. He said the rabbi has strengthened Sunday programs and education for adults and children.

Miller, who has been at the synagogue for a year and a half, said his problems there result not from his actions, but because Temple Beth El -- which serves more than 230 families -- is a small congregation with limited finances and volunteers.

Yarmoff said he expects Miller's resignation to be a hot topic at the temple's annual congregational meeting Sunday.

Yarmoff acknowledged a high turnover among rabbis but denied the temple has a problem holding on to clergy.

Past Struggles


Before arriving at Temple Beth El in July 2006, Miller served about five years as first a student rabbi, then community rabbi at Congregation Emeth in Gilroy.

Michael Oshan, president of the Gilroy temple's board, said Miller "had a lot to offer, but there were some issues." He declined to be specific but said anger management was involved.

Miller -- described in the police report on the ATM fracas as 6 feet tall and 275 pounds -- said in a Dec. 2 letter to the congregation that he has had "a compulsive eating addiction" since junior high school. He said he has been seeing a therapist for almost two years for his eating disorder and the therapist warned him that "previously unprocessed feelings would likely begin to come up in potent ways."

Miller said he also had attempted to enroll in an anger-management program but had not yet found one that would accept someone not ordered to join by a court.

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  • Ra
      10th of Apr, 2009
    -1 Votes

    Sidney, I hope you are able to find peace and contentment in your life.

    Others who are reading this and wish to decide the facts for themselves are encouraged to examine the facts and decide for yourself.

    http://www.rabbiyitzhakmiller.org/About/Press-Enterprise-Coverage_52.html

    There you can find not only the facts, but the police report about the referenced incident and courtroom minutes where the entire matter was summarily dismissed. (Note that Sidney's "complaint" isn't even accurate enough to get the charges themselves correct).

    I believe it will be clear to anyone reading the information that the work I am doing via www.RabbiYitzhakMiller.org is breaking new ground in using 21st-century technology to provide direct Rabbinic services to people as far away as Beijing, Baghdad, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as many people throughout the US who are not able to access "traditional" synagogues.

    But you don't have to take my word for that, either. See the following article from the Jewish Outreach Institute for more information:
    http://joi.org/blog/?p=1673

  • Ra
      10th of Apr, 2009
    -1 Votes

    LINKS TO LETTER FROM ALLEGED VICTIM, POLICE REPORT, COURT MINUTES

    Here are direct links to information to help you decide who here is being forthright:

    A link to a letter from the alleged victim calling the whole thing "an unfortunate incident"
    http://www.rabbiyitzhakmiller.org/images/letter-from-the-alleged-victim.pdf

    A link to the police report making it clear that we're not talking about anything even resembling "vehicular manslaughter":
    http://www.rabbiyitzhakmiller.org/images/police-report.pdf

    A link to the Court minutes dismissing the charges at the Court's 1st opportunity and at the alleged victim's request:
    http://www.rabbiyitzhakmiller.org/images/court-minutes.pdf

  • Me
      12th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    "shalom" - you need to actually READ the police report and minutes.

    stop harassing this poor man!

  • Me
      18th of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    you really don't have anything better to do with your time, do you? I mean, you're totally vindictive, it seems, since you've posted this FIVE times without ANY true proof of what you allege...

  • Sh
      25th of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    As someone that has been Jewish all of my live and seen hundreds of Rabbis, I can assure you that I have never encountered such an inept rabbi and one that is potentially so dangerous. I would like to inform anyone that may be thinking of hiring Yitzhak Miller since he calls himself a "virtual rabbi" when he comes out of the virtual world into our reality, it is not a pretty site, smell, or image. I heard many other people also complain about the foul smell, lack of hygiene, and inappropriate comments. For a synagogue to let go of a rabbi in the middle of his contract, the least of our concerns, was his alleged act of vehicular manslaughter at the ATM machine. Our greatest concern was with our own safety and the safety of our children.

  • Sh
      17th of Jun, 2009
    0 Votes

    I am someone that has been following the disasterous career of Yizhak Miller. (If you can call it a career). He held a job for a short period of time, and then physically attacked an upstanding member of the community in public with his car. There were other incidences of rage and innappropriate behavior where he embarassed the entire Jewish community. there were also threats against people expressing our constitutional right and brotherly mitzvah to warn others of this danger. I would refrain from warning others if there was reason to believe that he had a good character. It happens that I know Yitzhak Miller enough to tell you that any path that he has followed in his professional life has always ended the same way- with problems, dissapointment, and anger on his part. If you are considering getting married, having a bar mitzvah, or converting to Judaism, I would strongly recommend that you find another Rabbi or a Rabbi with a real synagogue. Rabbis who have a true calling to this career add holiness and legitimacy to your event rather than someone with so much baggage, no career, and terrible hygiene. I know that the Reform Movement has approached him regarding his website because there is a general feeling that he is a "time-bomb waiting to explode". There are many others who agree that his actions are not becoming of a rabbi. Yizhak Miller continues to spend a lot of money trying to keep this information from spreading. Hopefully we can together save lives, and allow the Jewish community to thrive with capable leaders.

  • Ra
      10th of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes

    Look at all the posts this person has made on ComplaintsBoard.com and [redacted].com and ask yourself whether these posts seem like someone "working in the best interests of humanity", or someone who has chosen to use the powerful tool we have in the internet in a way that does disservice to all of us by making legitimate critiques and complaints difficult to find.

    Check RabbiYitzhakMiller.org for all the testimonials from members of the Riverside Congregation and ask yourself whether Sidney Cohen actually speaks for the community. Ask yourself whether all these people would say what they did if Sidney's comments are actually true.

    Were things a "perfect match" between me and Riverside Temple Beth El? Far from it. Am I perfect? Far from it. Perfection is not the goal. Acknowledgement of our past failings, making amends for those if they have harmed someone, and serious continuous self-improvement is what Judaism and basic human decency expect of us. Neither I nor Judaism expect a person to be perfect. I stand solidly, though, on my record of continuous self-improvement and improvement of the world around me.

    Look at CyberJudaism.org and see what it means to be committed to working in the best interests of humanity and the Jewish community.

    Ask yourself: "who in this discussion is working to always be a better and better person? Who in this discussion is spending their time being a positive force in the world?"

    If you're wondering whether Sidney Cohen's comments are credible, Call Riverside Temple Beth El at 951-684-4511 and ask any of the staff or clergy there what kind of person Sidney Cohen, how he has behaved over the years towards congregants, board members, and clergy. Ask them whether his messages and motives are well-intended.

    Or, better yet, call or email him yourself and assess what kind of person he is. Or even visit him in person:
    SIDNEY COHEN
    6164 CLARENDON COURT
    RIVERSIDE, CA 92506
    951-683-0927
    civsid@sbcglobal.net

    B'shalom,

    Rabbi Yitzi Miller

  • Sh
      2nd of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    Rabbi Yitzhak Miller slobbish appearance or his lack of personal hygiene

    I want to thank Yitzhak Miller for making available the information that proves the point I am trying to make. He is really scary. He is unhirable. One should wonder which kind of lousy rabbi Yitzhak miller is that even after we are able to get rid of him, many of us still feel he is a threat to the community. From his own police report you can read that he drove his car on top of a gentile gentleman, who for some reason did not proceed with criminal charges. Perhaps the victim felt, as the rest of us do, that Yizhak's career was over. And this was punishment enough. From the experience that our congregation had, most people were very happy to see him go. There is a consensus that he is not cut for the rabbinate, and beleive me, I am not talking about his slobbish appearance or his lack of personal hygiene, I am talking about a person with deep psychological problems. One fact that Yitzhak calls attention to in the article is that the synagogue has a very low budget and therefore we cannot pay a rabbi as much as the market demands. This left us with the bottom of the barrel. If you are thinking about hiring him for anything, I would absolutely recommend you to reconsider. I do not have a personal vendetta, just a moral obligation to keep others from having a terrible experience.

  • Ra
      4th of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    Sidney Cohen--Sins of Omission

    Judaism clearly teaches that it is a sin to disparage another person by omitting facts.
    • Why would Sidney Cohen cut the following out of the article he posted?
    • Why would Sidney Cohen post different versions of the Press Enterprise article, every time cutting out more and more things that could be viewed as positive?

    Am I proud of that incident?—No. Does it define a person’s life or career?—No. But do I accept responsibility?—Yes.
    Does Sidney Cohen clearly show his true personality by his libelous stalking of someone on the internet? I hope not. I hope he will be able to seek help with his anger management problem and find peace in his life.

    Why is Sidney Cohen so angry?
    • because I had to call security to have him physically removed from my office when he became verbally abusive and threatened physical harm.
    • because when he called me a “f—king a—hole at the congregational meeting in front of 100 people I refused to get angry and chose to ignore his comment as the rantings of a deranged man.
    • because he has verbally abused every Rabbi and every president that Temple Beth El has had so severely that I was warned about him when I interviewed for the position.

    But fortunately or unfortunately, I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t believe that someone could be so vindictive, so angry, so insecure, so hateful. Yet I still give Sidney Cohen the benefit of the doubt and hope that, even at his age, he can still change and be redeemed.

    Here’s the full article, including all the things that Sidney cut out in the hopes that you wouldn’t see them:

    10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 25, 2008
    By GREGOR McGAVIN
    The Press-Enterprise
    The spiritual leader of Riverside's oldest synagogue is stepping down, more than two months after he grazed a school psychologist with his truck during an argument over who was first in line at a drive-through ATM.
    No one was hurt in the Nov. 5 fracas at Altura Credit Union in Riverside, and a judge this month dismissed misdemeanor charges of battery and hit and run against Temple Beth El Rabbi Yitzhak Miller.
    Jory Yarmoff, president of the temple's board of directors, confirmed that the board has accepted the resignation.
    He said that since the credit union incident, individual congregants have come forward to complain about how Miller treated them.
    "The other issues predate the credit union incident. That just served to focus people's attention, " Yarmoff said.
    "Anger management was part of it. The other part of it was his ability to successfully partner with temple leadership."
    Miller resigned, effective June 30, in a letter to temple members dated Jan. 14, the day charges against him were dismissed. He has shaken hands and made up with his counterpart in the Nov. 5 incident, both sides said. THAT MAN, WILLIAM HENDRICK, A PSYCHOLOGIST WITH THE RIVERSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, EVEN WROTE A LETTER ASKING TEMPLE MEMBERS TO FORGIVE THE RABBI.

    YARMOFF PRAISED THE WORK MILLER HAS DONE SINCE ARRIVING IN JULY 2006. HE SAID THE RABBI STRENGTHENED PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN. Miller, who has been at the synagogue for a year and a half, said his problems there result not from his actions, but because Temple Beth El -- which serves more than 230 families -- is a small congregation with limited finances and volunteers.
    "It does not appear that there is a good match between my energies as a rabbi and the congregation's ability to sustain these programs, " he said in a phone interview.
    MILLER ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAS BEEN A HIGH TURNOVER OF CLERGY IN RECENT YEARS AT TEMPLE BETH EL WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN THE 1940S. DURING ONE PERIOD AROUND 2000 THE SYNAGOGUE WENT THROUGH THREE RABBIS IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS.


    Yarmoff said he expects Miller's resignation to be a hot topic at the temple's annual congregational meeting Sunday. SOME MEMBERS SAY THEY HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING TRYING TO KEEP MILLER ON AS RABBI. "IT'S A BIG BLOW FOR THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE HE WAS A VERY STRONG LEADER WHO WAS DOING A LOT. However, we've recovered from loss of clergy before, " Yarmoff said.

    YARMOFF ACKNOWLEDGED A HIGH TURNOVER AMONG RABBIS BUT DENIED THE TEMPLE HAS A PROBLEM HOLDING ON TO CLERGY.

    Past Struggles

    MILLER, A GRADUATE OF STANFORD UNIVERSITY WITH A DEGREE IN TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT, WORKED IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FOR SEVEN YEARS BEFORE BEGINNING RABBINICAL STUDIES AT HEBREW UNION COLLEGE.

    Before arriving at Temple Beth El in July 2006, Miller served about five years as first a student rabbi, then community rabbi at Congregation Emeth in Gilroy.

    Michael Oshan, president of the Gilroy temple's board, said Miller "had a lot to offer, but there were some issues." He declined to be specific but said anger management was involved.

    Miller -- described in the police report on the ATM fracas as 6 feet tall and 275 pounds -- said in a Dec. 2 letter to the congregation that he has had "a compulsive eating addiction" since junior high school. He said he has been seeing a therapist for almost two years for his eating disorder and the therapist warned him that "previously unprocessed feelings would likely begin to come up in potent ways."

    Miller said he also had attempted to enroll in an anger-management program but had not yet found one that would accept someone not ordered to join by a court.

    THE RABBI SAID HE HAD SPOKE WITH OFFICIALS AT THE CENTRAL CONFERENCE OF AMERICAN RABBIS, WHO ADVISED HIM THE BEST COURSE WOULD BE THROUGH T'SHUVAH, WHICH THE ORGANIZATION DESCRIBES AS "THE JEWISH PROCESS OF REDIRECTING OURSELVES BACK ONTO THE 'RIGHT PATH.'"

    Rabbi Stephen Einstein, chairman of the Central Conference's ethics committee, confirmed that he has spoken with Miller. Einstein, who leads Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley and HAS KNOWN MILLER SINCE HE WAS IN RABBINICAL SCHOOL, SAID MILLER HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH ANY ETHICAL VIOLATION.

    The conference maintains a code of ethics for rabbis, and violators can face sanctions ranging from a reprimand to expulsion.

    HENDRICK SENT A LETTER TO THE TEMPLE IN SUPPORT OF MILLER.
    "I KNOW THAT PEOPLE CAN CHANGE IF THEY WISH TO DO SO, " HENDRICK WROTE. "PLEASE GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT HERE AND THEN, IF HE SCREWS UP AGAIN, WE HAVE TRIED TO HELP HIM."

    Reach Gregor McGavin at 951-368-9549 or gmcgavin@PE.com

  • Sh
      6th of Aug, 2009
    +1 Votes

    Rabbi Yitzhak Miller HIS Pungent Stench AND complaints of Violent conduct

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    Rabbi Yitzhak Miller slobbish appearance or his lack of personal hygiene
    rabbiyitzhakmiller.org

    He is really scary. He is unhirable. One should wonder which kind of lousy rabbi Yitzhak miller is that even after we are able to get rid of him, many of us still feel he is a threat to the community. From his own police report you can read that he drove his car on top of a gentile gentleman, who for some reason did not proceed with criminal charges. Perhaps the victim felt, as the rest of us do, that Yizhak's career was over. And this was punishment enough. From the experience that our congregation had, most people were very happy to see him go. There is a consensus that he is not cut for the rabbinate, and beleive me, I am not talking about his slobbish appearance or his lack of personal hygiene, I am talking about a person with deep psychological problems. One fact that Yitzhak calls attention to in the article is that the synagogue has a very low budget and therefore we cannot pay a rabbi as much as the market demands. This left us with the bottom of the barrel. If you are thinking about hiring him for anything, I would absolutely recommend you to reconsider. I do not have a personal vendetta, just a moral obligation to keep others from having a terrible experience.
    Stay A way from rabbiyitzhakmiller.org or CyberSynagogue.org, I am someone that has been following the disasterous career of Yizhak Miller. (If you can call it a career). He held a job for a short period of time, and then physically attacked an upstanding member of the community in public with his car. There were other incidences of rage and innappropriate behavior where he embarassed the entire Jewish community. there were also threats against people expressing our constitutional right and brotherly mitzvah to warn others of this danger. I would refrain from warning others if there was reason to believe that he had a good character. It happens that I know Yitzhak Miller enough to tell you that any path that he has followed in his professional life has always ended the same way- with problems, dissapointment, and anger on his part. If you are considering getting married, having a bar mitzvah, or converting to Judaism, I would strongly recommend that you find another Rabbi or a Rabbi with a real synagogue. Rabbis who have a true calling to this career add holiness and legitimacy to your event rather than someone with so much baggage, no career, and terrible hygiene. I know that the Reform Movement has approached him regarding his website because there is a general feeling that he is a 'time-bomb waiting to explode'. There are many others who agree that his actions are not becoming of a rabbi. Yizhak Miller continues to spend a lot of money trying to keep this information from spreading. Hopefully we can together save lives, and allow the Jewish community to thrive with capable leaders

  • Ra
      13th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    From the Desk of Professor Linda Nurick
    Former Board Member
    Riverside Temple Beth El


    April, 2008

    As a former board member of Temple Beth El, I am writing regarding the Press Enterprise article of January 25th, which was a biased, one-dimensional view of a complex, difficult time for both Rabbi Miller and Temple Beth El. It saddens me that a single newspaper article could have such a devastating effect on the promising career of an exceptional young Rabbi. This letter is an attempt to restore the balance so that those who may consider hiring Rabbi Miller in the future can make a fully-informed decision.

    Temple Beth El has been through many rabbis over the last twelve or so years, and this constant change has left its mark on us. A number of these previous Rabbis truly have engaged in seriously problematic behavior, which means the biggest mark that has been left is a congregation that has a very difficult time trusting Rabbis and a difficult time trusting that Rabbis will be around for any extended period of time. Rabbi Miller is not a perfect man, but the Press Enterprise article made it sound as if Rabbi is a dangerous, unpredictable man.

    I am and always have been one of the most active members of the Temple. I have worked directly with Rabbi Miller as the social action chair, the youth programs chair, as a member of the Religious School faculty, and as he helped prepare my son for Bar Mitzvah. I have seen absolutely no evidence of the article’s implications—none. To the contrary, while Rabbi Miller is certainly highly passionate, his fundamental kindheartedness is one of his greatest virtues. Violence sells papers as—in the wake of the Catholic Church scandals of late—so does clergy-bashing.

    Let’s look at the Press Enterprise article from a journalistic point of view: The Temple president acknowledges that there were many, many members who were trying to keep Miller on, but the reporter made no mention of contacting them (and to my knowledge, he didn’t try to contact anyone who opposed the board’s decision). He did not attend the Temple’s annual congregational meeting, at which the Temple president stated ahead-of-time the issue was to be discussed, and at which the vast majority of speakers questioned the board’s decision. Nor did the reporter try to find out what people opposing the board’s decision may have been thinking. In the Press Enterprise itself, there had been several articles throughout Rabbi Miller’s 2-year tenure about Rabbi Miller’s powerful presence in the Riverside community: in the interfaith council, on the Mayor’s cultural committee, as a Jewish commentator on events in Riverside; yet the reporter made no effort to speak to any of the people with whom Rabbi Miller had had contact outside of the Temple. The journalism needed some work.

    There were many people who opposed the board’s decision to accept Rabbi Miller’s resignation. Many of the board members admitted that had there been a vote at the congregational meeting, or had they been willing to take a congregational poll, a substantial majority of people wanted Rabbi Miller to stay. A formal request that such a poll be taken was officially submitted to the board of directors, who refused to do so. It must be noted here that Rabbi Miller was given a 5-year contract when he was hired, but soon after he came, the established “fiefdoms” in staff and leadership were clearly threatened by his strong presence. It must also be noted that within 6 months of his hiring, the board recognized they could not afford the contract they had signed. It is inconceivable that these issues were not strong motivation in the board’s decision to request Rabbi Miller’s resignation in the wake of this incident.

    There were certainly people with whom Rabbi had problems and it is also true that Rabbi Miller has some interpersonal skills that could use work and that he is working on. I don’t believe Rabbi Miller has substantially more or fewer challenges than any other Rabbis. What is not acknowledged is the substantial problems others at the Temple have with their own lack of interpersonal skills and also the clear challenges that Temple Beth El and its board have with working with, respecting, and keeping Rabbis. In this particular case, a lot of the challenges stem from Rabbi Miller being a man with a strong personality, a clear vision of the future, strong convictions, and an inexhaustible amount of energy. As with all personality traits, there is the good and bad of these.

    I have often said that Rabbi Miller is like a thoroughbred horse. He is a powerful force in any situation—and that force can be a great boon to any organization provided it is respected and harnessed. There are many people at Temple Beth El who are convinced that with time and commitment, Rabbi Miller’s personality and skills would have been great assets for the Jewish community in Riverside and Riverside as a whole. It saddens me and many others that he wasn’t given the opportunity.

    When Rabbi Miller was hired (I was on the board at that time), he was given a mandate to make significant changes at Temple Beth El. We thought that was what we wanted, but once Rabbi started to make those changes, some began to question the changes, others were threatened by the changes themselves, and a number of board and staff members were clearly threatened by Rabbi Miller’s presence and success. There is no question that Rabbi could have led the congregation down the road of change more gently and with more understanding of the difficulty of change for people who have built what exists, but he didn’t, and our Temple has had such difficulties with rabbis that when we see problems, we are too quick to judge.

    There is no way to tell for sure whether Rabbi Miller would have worked out long-term as Temple Beth El’s rabbi, but he wasn’t given the chance, and we miss him terribly. This is a person who has the energy, charisma, passion, and dedication to make a real difference in this world. Those of us who know and love him pray that another organization will find a way to utilize his immense talents to the fullest.

    Submitted with love and caring,

    Linda Nurick

  • Ra
      13th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    חדש ימינו
    CHADEISH YAMEINU
    Jewish Renewal Community

    PO Box 3578 Santa Cruz, CA 95063-3578
    831-429-6936
    www.cySantaCruz.org


    September 13, 2009

    I serve as rabbi of Chadeish Yameinu, the Jewish Renewal community of Santa Cruz, California. In this capacity, I have had ample opportunity to observe and interact with Rabbi Yitzhak Miller as both a congregant of mine as well as a colleague.
    When Rabbi Miller, whom we sometimes affectionately call “Reb Yitzi, ” returned to the Santa Cruz area, I was aware of an article in the Riverside Press-Enterprise which claimed Rabbi Miller suffered from significant “anger management issues and challenges working with leadership at the temple where he had been employed.” Naturally, this was of concern to me as he began to resettle in this community and particularly since we were looking to him to do some work in our community with children. Therefore, I made it a priority to both observe Rabbi Miller in various settings and interactions, as well as to talk with him directly about the situation. I soon found myself at ease knowing that, in fact, he was quite self-aware and has been perfectly appropriate at all times.
    Rabbi Miller has become very active in our congregation, as well as in the broader Jewish, secular, and interfaith communities. I have personally spent time with him as he serves on our Finance and School committees, and is currently a member-at-large of our Board of Directors, and has been the inspirational force behind, catalyst of and an instructor for a new program of outreach and education for young children and their parents which our community has developed.
    I have both observed and interacted with Rabbi Miller in all these settings, as well as in meetings of local rabbis and in personal social settings. I have certainly seen situations which might trigger frustration and possible anger for anyone. For example, there were months of meetings under intense time pressure to get our new school programs together. There was bureaucracy and process that seemingly exceeded that which was necessary for a community of our size. Moreover, there have been occasions when Rabbi Miller himself proposed ideas or plans that were changed or rejected by one of the committees or the Board, sometimes in ways that were quite insensitive on the part of others.
    Having had conversations and counseling sessions with Rabbi Miller, and knowing his personal challenges, I paid particular attention to how he handled these situations. Since he has shared so much of his personal challenge with me, I have even recognized when he began to get triggered in challenging situations, and it is clear that he has done substantial personal work to handle these triggers in a cordial and polite manner. Most importantly, I have watched him use these situations as opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth, and often offered back in an open manner that has been a true example to the rest of us.
    I have now worked directly with Reb Yitzi for over a year. Not only do I have no concerns whatsoever over the picture the Riverside newspaper painted of him, I can with great sincerity say that Rabbi Miller is one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met. He is an intelligent and gifted teacher, a good friend, and an invaluable member of this community, whose generosity of time, resources and spirit have been an immense gift to me personally and to our entire community. I would wholeheartedly recommend him as an exceptional asset to any organization.

    Rabbi Eli Cohen
    Chadeish Yameinu
    Jewish Renewal Community of Santa Cruz

  • Sh
      16th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    Yizhak's career was over. And this was punishment enough.now Yitzhak Miller goes to the gay loving synagogue and he is not even the Rabbi just a fat looser From the experience that our congregation had, most people were very happy to see Yitzhak Miller go. There is a consensus that Yitzhak Miller is not cut for the rabbinate, and beleive me, I am not talking about his slobbish appearance or his lack of personal hygiene, I am talking about a person with deep psychological problems. One fact that Yitzhak calls attention to in the article is that the synagogue has a very low budget and therefore we cannot pay a rabbi as much as the market demands. This left us with the bottom of the barrel like Yitzhak Miller. If you are thinking about hiring Yitzhak Miller for anything, I would absolutely recommend you to reconsider. I do not have a personal vendetta, just a moral obligation to keep others from having a terrible experience with Yitzhak Miller.
    By the way Eli Cohen was ordeined long distance by a program that is not from any major movement in Judaism, and as a HOMOSEXUAL he is not fit to be a Rabbi either

  • De
      9th of Dec, 2009
    +1 Votes

    "You have enemies ? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life!"

  • Sh
      7th of Jan, 2010
    0 Votes

    Rabbi Yitzhak J. Miller is far worse than you imagine

  • Dt
      22nd of Dec, 2011
    0 Votes

    Unbelievable! Yitzhak Miller has set up yet another website. People have no idea what kind of havoc he caused in our community. Once again he is attempting to solve his personal problems by luring unsuspecting people who are interested in Judaism over the Internet. Little do these people know that this man has a REAL temper and he is absolutely unhirable. We in Riverside, have all experienced it first-hand. Yitzhak Miller represents a great danger to the online community because he is not fit as a leader. Yet he spends an enormous amount of advertising claiming that he is a leader in the area of what he does. What Yitzhak Miller did for Riverside is terrorize our community and leave us with a lack of faith in Jewish clergy. Can you believe that he is signing on to chat rooms and web forums as the “RABBI OF SEX”. Indeed he has aptly named himself because if you hire him to do your wedding or to guide you as the rabbi in your or your dear one’s conversion, you are ###ed!

  • La
      20th of Sep, 2012
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    Obviously, anyone who spread GOSSIP and would put hateful comments is not acting normal. This is not what Judaism teaches, and this is not the way God wants us to act. Shame on anyone who feels the need to make fun of someone's appearence, or lifestyle choices. Everyone makes mistakes in life, and we strive to live a better life and correct ourselves. Maybe you should convernt to Christianity and join the Westboro Baptist Church. Stop being a biggot and get a life!

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