In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

The Rabbi 

A synagogue comes to Sparta and is quickly vandalized and robbed. The Rabbi does not believe Sheriff Gillespie is worthy of investigating the incident.


Winrich Kolbe


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), David O'Connor | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Carl Weathers ... Chief Hampton Forbes
Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner (credit only)
David Hart ... Sgt. Parker Williams
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Crystal Fox ... Sgt. Luann Corbin
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Jerry Stiller ... Rabbi Feldman
Mindy Rickles ... Rivka Feldman
Don Henderson Baker ... Jack Bicks (as D. Henderson Baker)
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Baldwin Antiques Storekeeper
James Wagoner James Wagoner ... Kevin Powell
Charlie Deppish Charlie Deppish ... Pete Retson
Chris Jenkins Chris Jenkins ... Mr. Powell
Rosemary Newcott Rosemary Newcott ... Mrs. Retson


Rabbi Hillel Feldman returns to Sparta to open a new temple in the old Methodist church, a gift to the Jewish community. The temple is vandalized by two teenagers, Kevin Powell and Pete Retson. Chief Hampton Forbes and Harriet DeLong, a high school friend of the rabbi, offer help, which Feldman accepts. However, he eschews calling in Sheriff Bill Gillespie because of old anti-Semitic feelings. The Sparta City Council are generally opposed to the temple's existence. The temple custodian, Jack Bicks, vandalizes the temple and steals a valuable Torah, which he tries to sell to the antiques store owner. Dissatisfied with the price offered, Bicks kills the store owner. Bill Gillespie must face old resentments and old sins, and try to make amends. Written by richardann

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9 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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