Rabbi Bernie Raskas has died.
He was an icon in Minnesota's Jewish community for nearly 60 years. Vice President Walter Mondale has called him "the Jewish Garrison Keillor."
Services were held this morning at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, where Rabbi Raskas served for 38 years...and where he has been "rabbi laureate" for the last 10 years.
He wrote five books and has taught classes in Religious Studies at Macalester College.
Macalester College's Jewish chaplain, Barry Cytron, eulogized Rabbi Raskas this morning. He joined All Things Considered host Tom Crann on the phone.