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Rabbi's new do: Local spiritual leader shaves head for good cause

Rabbi Vered Harris, spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Israel in Oklahoma City, reacts to getting her head shaved Thursday, Nov. 5, as part of a project to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The head-shaving event in Orlando, Fla., was coordinated by St. Baldricks, a volunteer-driven charity that provides grants for research to find cures for childhood cancers. [Photo provided]
Rabbi Vered Harris, spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Israel in Oklahoma City, reacts to getting her head shaved Thursday, Nov. 5, as part of a project to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The head-shaving event in Orlando, Fla., was coordinated by St. Baldricks, a volunteer-driven charity that provides grants for research to find cures for childhood cancers. [Photo provided]
Some might say Rabbi Vered Harris is having a bad hair day, but the spiritual leader of one of Oklahoma City Jewish congregations would likely disagree.

First, Harris, 43, now has no hair so technically, she can't have a bad-hair day.

Second, she made the decision to have her hair shaved for a good cause.  

Got that?

Head-shaving for the rabbi of Temple B'nai Israel is not bad, but good.

The rabbi had her head shaved Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial gathering in Orlando, Fla.

She was one of more than a dozen rabbis and other URJ biennial attendees who joined the world of the bold and the beautiful to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

The head-shaving event was coordinated by St. Baldricks, a Monrovia, Calif.-based volunteer-driven charity that provides grants for research to find cures for childhood cancers. The organization coordinates its signature head-
shaving events to give volunteers around the world an opportunity to raise money to support life-saving research.

Harris, 43,  said has raised almost $10,000 for the effort, after sharing her intent with family and friends. The Oklahoma City metro Muslim community , led by Imam Imad Enchassi, raised $3,600  -- the rabbi's original goal -- for the cause after seeing Harris' information about her plans on Facebook. 

She said she has raised almost $10,000 through the St. Baldrick's effort.

Read my Nov. 3 story about the rabbi's "shave for the brave" here: "Mane Event"  

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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Rabbi Vered Harris, spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Israel in Oklahoma City, reacts to getting her head shaved Thursday, Nov. 5, as part of a project to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The head-shaving event in Orlando, Fla., was coordinated by St. Baldricks, a volunteer-driven charity that provides grants for research to find cures for childhood cancers. [Photo provided]

Rabbi Vered Harris, spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Israel in Oklahoma City, reacts to getting her head shaved Thursday, Nov. 5, as part of a project to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The head-shaving event in Orlando, Fla., was coordinated by St. Baldricks, a volunteer-driven...

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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