January 15, 2020 ~ 18 Tevet 5780
Rabbi Louis Allen Rieser, age 71, died at his home in Boyton Beach, Florida. Rabbi Rieser was born November 5, 1948, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Albert and Ellen Rieser.
He was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1975 and was a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He received an honorary doctorate from HUC in 2000. He was the rabbi for several Hillels and served the congregation of Temple Israel in Greenfield, Massachusetts from 1982 until 1997. His last position was Etz Hayim Synagogue in Derry, New Hampshire, where he served from 1997 until his retirement in 2011. He has published extensively on many topics and authored “The Hillel Narratives,” published in 2009. Even after his retirement, he remained active, regularly teaching at local synagogues and founding Nishmat Torah, a program teaching adult spirituality and meditation. Rabbi Rieser was a longtime teacher for The National Havurah Summer Institute.
Rabbi Rieser is survived by his wife, Connie; his children, Micha Rieser and Zev Rieser (Britta); and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc, 1338 Ellison Rd, Louisville, Kentucky. Visitors are welcome from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Keneseth Israel Cemetery in Louisville.
Memorials to Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1 ½ Hood Road, Derry, NH 03038 are appreciated.