I graduated with honors from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, and then I continued my studies for the Reform rabbinate at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, California. Concurrently with my rabbinic studies, I had the privilege of studying at the University of Southern California (USC) as a graduate student in the field of Sociology of Religions.
In 1977, I was ordained a Reform Rabbi at the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and shortly after I began my doctoral studies at Brown University. I confess! I dropped out of Brown, and it was such a wonderful place to study!
Awarded Honorary Doctor of Divinity by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Awarded lifetime instructor’s credential in religion and philosophy, California Community College.
Awarded graduate fellowship for advanced studies in History of Religions, Late Antiquity, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
Ordained Rabbi, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. Thesis: A Study of Philo’s Possible Relationship with Rabbinic Tradition.
Chaplaincy Internship, Sloan-Katering Medical Center, New York, specializing in care for cancer patients and their families.
Studied Sociology of Religions at the University of Southern California, Graduate School of Religions, in conjunction with Rabbinic Studies.
Master of Hebrew Letters (MHL), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, California.
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (BA), University of California at Los Angeles. With a special interest in Jewish History. Graduated with honors.