Education and Awards

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!

2002

Awarded Honorary Doctor of Divinity by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

1989

Awarded lifetime instructor’s credential in religion and philosophy, California Community College.

1977-78

Awarded graduate fellowship for advanced studies in History of Religions, Late Antiquity, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

1977

Ordained Rabbi, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. Thesis: A Study of Philo’s Possible Relationship with Rabbinic Tradition.

1975-76

Chaplaincy Internship, Sloan-Katering Medical Center, New York, specializing in care for cancer patients and their families.

1974-75

Studied Sociology of Religions at the University of Southern California, Graduate School of Religions, in conjunction with Rabbinic Studies.

1974

Master of Hebrew Letters (MHL), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, California.

1971

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (BA), University of California at Los Angeles. With a special interest in Jewish History. Graduated with honors.

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