4 Questions with…Our 2022 Graduates: Randy Lester-Wilson

With our 2022 Ordination-Graduation ceremony approaching, we are highlighting members of the graduating class. Click here to see all of the posts in this series.

Today we’re talking with Chaplaincy Graduate Randy Lester-Wilson.

1) With the ceremony approaching, what emotions are you feeling?

I am feeling cautious and optimistic, sad and glad, honored and humbled, loved and supported.

2) What is one learning from your Academy experience that you will take with you after graduation?

I have learned what a treasure trove of camaraderie, kavanah, wisdom, and menschlichkeit lies in the hearts, minds, and souls of those affiliated with the Academy.

3) Is there anything you learned at AJRCA that truly surprised you?

I learned that my personal and communal expression of Judaism continues to evolve; for these are ever-changing and never changing. I learned that my penchant for languages (including a minor in German, and working knowledge of sign language) did not  ‘translate’ (or extend) to biblical Hebrew.

4) If you could go back in time and tell your pre-AJRCA self one thing, what would that be?

Take opportunities that present themselves to avail yourself of deeper and richer connections to the Administration, Board, Faculty, and Student Body. These invaluable blessings will sustain you during your time at the seminary and thereafter.

Congratulations Randy!

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