Stephen S. Pearce, DD, PhD, the Emeritus Senior Rabbi of Congregation Emanu‐El, served the congregation from 1993‐2013 and in 2018 was named the Taube Scholar endowed by the Taube Philanthropies. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College‐Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his doctorate in counselor psychology at St. John’s University and has served on the faculty of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, and summer writing workshops at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.