Rabbi Emerita Deborah Bronstein is known nationally for her passion for causes of justice and compassion. She loves to teach adults and children alike, using stories to define life issues and provide personal meaning while addressing serious themes in her sermons. Rabbi Bronstein thinks of herself above all as a pastoral rabbi, devoting great personal attention to the ill, the mourner, or the individual person in conflict or need. In this respect, she likes to call Har HaShem the "home of hope." She delights in lifecycle simchas and personal joys in the lives of her congregational family as well as in the fun and joyous holy days for our diverse community. With deep concern for those who live on the margins of society, she is an inspiring voice on the role of synagogues in providing a spiritual haven for those struggling with mental illness, and she sits on the boards for various mental health programs, safe houses and shelters.