My Background

I am fortunate to be in a successful, happy marriage with the same wonderful woman I met in college. We have been partners in life ever since we were twenty years old. We just like each other a lot. (Love too!) I am a congregational rabbi, author and pioneer in interfaith marriage and family programming. Even before the Union for Reform Judaism ( URJ), formerly The Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) launched its outreach initiative to interfaith families, I, as the young assistant at Temple Israel in Columbus, Ohio and at The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Maryland, began to develop and offer opportunities for interfaith families to find a comfortable place in synagogue life. Innovative education, worship and social activities propelled me to Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, where welcoming interfaith family members into normative Jewish participation was a way of life. The experience gained in Erie provided the platform for my interfaith work in the Philadelphia region at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, and currently in New Jersey at Temple Beth Hillel – Beth Abraham for individuals, couples and families seeking acceptance and welcome.

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EDUCATION AND DEGREES

2000 Doctor of Divinity Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, New York
1976‑1977 Post Graduate Studies in Jewish History The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
1975 Rabbinic Ordination Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio
1973 Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters  Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio
1970‑1971 Graduate Rabbinic Studies-Hebrew Union College-Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, Jerusalem, Israel
1970 Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio Dissertation: Proper Nouns in Northwest Canaanite Inscriptions and Their Relation to Old Testament Names

PROFESSIONAL RABBINIC EXPERIENCE

2001‑ RABBI, Temple Beth Hillel of Carmel, Vineland, NJ
1997‑2000 SENIOR RABBI, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA
1987‑1996 SENIOR RABBI, Temple Israel, Columbus, Ohio
1980‑1987 RABBI, Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie, Pennsylvania
1980‑1986 RABBI IN RESIDENCE, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, New York
1977‑1980 ASSOCIATE RABBI, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore, MD
1975‑1977 ASSISTANT RABBI, Temple Israel, Columbus, Ohio

PROFESSIONAL AND BIO-MEDICAL EXPERIENCE

2006‑ PRIVATE CONSULTING, Bio-Medical and Integrated Academic and Corporate Strategies; Government Agencies and Corporate and University Sectors.
2005 GUEST PANELIST, BIO 2005 Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania “A Mock IRB Review of a Pharmacogenomics Protocol”
2004‑2005   MEMBER, Academic-Industry Committee, BIO 2005 Initiated the BIO 2005 session “Navigating the New Frontier of Science and Technology- Discussions about bioethics: issues ranging from agricultural biotechnology to pharmacogenomics, and the role companies, governments and religions play in the new frontier.”
2004‑2005   STRATEGIC CONSULTANT, “Bug to Drug”® Initiative, Sarnoff Corporation, Princeton, NJ and Washington, D.C.
2003‑2005   SENIOR ASSOCIATE, Capital Associates, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, PA
2000‑2003   APPOINTMENT BY GOVERNOR TOM RIDGE: THE GOVERNOR’S ADVISOR ON ACADEMIC AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Department of International Business Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; serving under Governors Ridge, Schweiker and Rendell
2000‑2003   PENNSYLVANIA’S ENVOY TO THE EMBASSIES OF: AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, CZECH REPUBLIC, FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, ISRAEL, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND and SLOVAK REPUBLIC
1998‑ MEMBER, Institutional Review Board, Abington Hospital, Abington, PA
1987‑1997 CONSULTANT, Bioethics and Religion: James Cancer Research Center, Ohio State University and Hospice of Riverside Hospital, Columbus, OH
1993‑1997 CHAIR, Commission on Ethics, City of Columbus, Columbus, Ohio
1980‑1987 FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, Hospice of Metropolitan Erie, Erie, PA
1982‑1987 MEMBER, Board of Corporators, St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA
1983‑1987 MEMBER, Institutional Review Committee, Hamot Hospital, Erie, PA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1988‑1993 PROFESSOR OF RELIGION, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
1981‑1986 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
1979‑1980 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
1985 GUEST LECTURER FOR RELIGION WEEK, Chautauqua Institute

COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES

CHAPLAIN, Ground Zero-World Trade Center, New York City
CHAPLAIN, Chapel of the Four Chaplains
Chaired and served on various Boards, including Jewish Federation, Boards of Rabbis, ADL, AIDS Education and Leadership Development

REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

BOARD MEMBER, MidAtlantic Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce
BOARD MEMBER, American Israel Chamber of Commerce
RABBI IN RESIDENCE– Temple Emanu-El, Oak Park, Michigan
RABBI IN RESIDENCE– Jewish Community of Perth, Australia- Temple David
MEMBER, National Rabbinic Cabinet, United Jewish Appeal
MEMBER, Rabbinic Board of Overseers, Hebrew Union College
NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER, ARZA
NORTH AMERICAN BOARD MEMBER, World Union for Progressive Judaism
DISTINGUISHED TEACHER, World Union for Progressive Judaism International Conference, London, England
SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE:
Temple of Liberal Judaism, Orlando, Florida
Touro Synagogue, New Orleans, Louisiana
Congregation Beth Chaim, Princeton, New JerseyGUEST SPEAKER: 
ANZAC Day Commemoration, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Har Sinai Temple, Trenton, New Jersey, Founders Day
Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Beth Israel Congregation, Jackson, Mississippi
Woodford & District Congregation, London, England

HONORS AND AWARDS

The Humanitarian Award, The Chapel of the Four Chaplains
Inaugural Prayer, Gubernatorial Inauguration, The Honorable Tom Ridge
Honorary Member, Senate of the State of Ohio
Distinguished Service Award, Leadership Columbus
Distinguished Leader Award, City of Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania
Community Service Award, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. N.A.T.O., Erie, PA
Inaugural Prayer, Chief Justice Samuel J. Roberts, Pennsylvania Supreme Court

BOOKS, ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

Saving the World Entire and 100 Other Beloved Parables from the Talmud, First Edition- English, Penguin-Plume
Parabolas Del Talmud
, First Edition-Spanish, Ediciones Obelisco, Barcelona
Parabolas Del Talmud, First Edition-Spanish, Ediciones Obelisco, Buenos Aires
Pribehy z talmudu Legendy a uceni stare zidovske tradice
, First Edition-Czech, Portal
Jewish Families, – Making Connections (The Jewish Federation of Philadelphia)
A Spiritual Journey, The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Handbook, Behrman House, Inc.
Open Minds and Decision Making, – For the Record (The Publication of the Ohio Judicial Conference)
The Center of the Universe, – K’Sharim, the National Rabbinic Cabinet, Israel Bonds
Ellis Island, An Immigration Experience, The Pedagogic Reporter