About Me

I am the Rabbi of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas.  Prior to coming to the Virgin Islands, I served for sixteen years as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom of Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Before returning to Washington, close to where I had grown up, I was a rabbi in Boca Raton, Florida; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Buffalo, New York.

I  help people find their own voice within the Jewish world.  I believe that a Jewish community should be a place for openness, for inclusiveness, welcoming Jewish families in all the varied forms in which they come today.  I shape a space of energy and engagement and ideas, a place where 'a thousand flowers bloom.'

 

I am a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, Israel.  I have been blessed to learn and work with teachers and colleagues from all streams of Jewish life. I participated in the development of online outreach, through "Ask a Rabbi" responses for the Union for Reform Judaism, Moment Magazine, and in the early days of America Online. 

My publications and articles include:

 

  • "Obedience to Which Commander?: An Examination of a Jewish Soldier's Right to Disobey Immoral Orders" (with Rabbi Peter Schaktman)

  • "In God's Image: Judaism and Homosexuality"

  • "A Name for Ourselves: Infertility, Meaning and Hope"

  • "In Every Generation: A Jewish Approach to Genetic Research, Testing and Screening, and Gene Therapy".

I am married to Julie Novick. 

We have three children: Benjamin, Daniel and Talia.

Education

HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION
Jerusalem, Israel; Cincinnati, OH and New York, NY

M.A.H.L (Cincinnati).
Rabbinic Ordination (New York).
D.D.H.C. (Doctor of Divinity honoris causa)


BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY – Waltham, MA
Graduate School, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies:
Biblical Studies.


HAVERFORD COLLEGE – Haverford, PA
B.A. in English and Creative Writing.


HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM – Jerusalem, Israel
Rothberg International School: Undergraduate Study Abroad Program.

Interests

MLF

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