BDN: “‘The rabbi of Bangor’ is retiring after 17 years of leading Reform synagogue”

Rabbi William Siemers met his colleague, Rabbi Darah Lerner, when he arrived in Bangor nearly eight years ago, but it took another six months before he understood what an exalted position she held in the community.

His teenage daughter came home from school and told him that her social studies teacher was disappointed that she did not have a guest speaker to talk about Hanukkah.

“My daughter raised her hand and waved it around,” Siemers said. “The teacher told her: ‘Young lady, I have spoken with the rabbi of Bangor, and she is unavailable.’”

See the complete article by Judy Harrison here.