Rabbi Kanter receives honorary Doctorate of Divinity


On Jan. 31, Rabbi Raphael J. Kanter, spiritual leader of  Tifereth Israel Congregation in New Bedford was granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by The Jewish Theological Seminary, according to an announcement by the congregation. This degree was conferred in recognition of over 25 years of service by Rabbi Kanter, both in the synagogue and to the community at large. His commitment to social justice and tikkun olam (helping to repair the world) have inspired Rabbi Kanter to devote significant time and effort to counseling at the Bristol County House of Corrections, and volunteering in the area interfaith community. The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York is the pre-eminent institution of higher education for the Conservative movement.