50 Year Honorees
Adam D. Fisher is a prize-winning author of poetry, stories and liturgy...
In addition he has published short fiction and many articles. He is winner of a First Prize for Poetry at the Westhampton Writers Festival, two first prizes in Performance Poets Association contests, and an Anna D. Rosenberg Poetry Award sponsored by the Magnus Museum in Berkeley, California. He was Poetry Editor (2006-2014) of the CCAR Journal, the Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Adam is a skilled woodworker who creates furniture as art, and more recently, a potter. He is a native Long Islander where he continues to live with his wife, Eileen. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
A native of Chicago but raised in Miami, Allen Freehling was graduated from the University of Miami...
Rabbi Gan was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati...
Rabbi Mark N. Goldman and his wife, Dr. Meryl Goldman, have chosen St. Augustine...
Rabbi Goldman was ordained a Rabbi in 1967, upon graduation from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He also received Master's and Bachelor's degrees of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC/JIR. Rabbi Goldman attended the the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a major in English literature from the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences in 1962.
Rabbi Goldman served as U.S. Army Chaplain from 1967-69, was Assistant Rabbi for three years at Temple Emanu-El, New York, and served as the Rabbi in Temple Sinai of Long Island, Lawrence, NY, from 1972-86.
During his 18 years as Senior Rabbi, in Cincinnati, Rabbi Goldman's activities included: Instructor and Guest Lecturer and Field Work Supervisor in Practical Rabbinics, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Mentor in Mayerson mentoring program for rabbinic students; faculty member at Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School; Created High Holy Day prayer books, combining the Union Prayer Book with the gates of Repentance; frequent speaker and teacher on interfaith issues at area churches; community activist for civil rights and Quality-Of-Life issues.
The Goldmans have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Rabbi Steven Jacobs founded the Progressive Faith Foundation...
Possessing an extensive background of academic and practical training, Rabbi Steven Jacobs began preparing for his career as a student at New York University, where he earned a Bachelor or Arts in Sociology. Following this, he gained acceptance to Hebrew Union College of Cincinnati, Ohio. While there, he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters.
After obtaining his degrees, Rabbi Steven Jacobs traveled to Miami to become Assistant Rabbi to Rabbi Joseph Narot at the Temple Israel of Greater Miami. Later, he became Co-Rabbi with the Temple Judea in Tarzana, California. In 1984, he formed the Temple Kol Tikvah of Woodland Hills, California, before founding the Progressive Faith Foundation.
Rabbi Ferenc Raj was born at the height of World War II in Budapest, Hungary...
Ferenc is a graduate of both the University of Budapest where he earned a Master's Degree and a Diploma of Merit in Near Eastern Studies, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of Hungary where he was ordained as a Liberal rabbi in 1967. He continued his post-graduate studies at Columbia University and Brandeis University and taught Jewish history courses at HUC-JIR (Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion) of New York. In 2004 Ferenc successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled: "A History of the Jews in Hungary during Ottoman Domination: 1526-1686" at the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department of Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts.
Prior to this academic accomplishment, in 1992 the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity upon Rabbi Raj, "Whose commitment to learning is in the highest tradition of the Rabbinic calling, who studied and prepared for the Rabbinate behind the Iron Curtain and taught our people the values and ideals of Judaism at great personal danger and risk, whose personal life epitomizes the Rabbinic commitment to furthering our religion, who rebuilt his life and rose to positions of leadership in his community."
Rabbi Raj retired from Congregation Beth El on June 30, 2007 and continues in his role as Rabbi Emeritus of this prestigious Berkeley synagogue. He is also Founding Rabbi of Bet Orim Reform Jewish Congregation, Hungary's newest Jewish congregation in Budapest, where he spends two periods of approximately 2-4 months each leading the congregation. Together with the Temple's lay leadership he has developed engaging and inspiring liturgy, meaningful educational projects for all age groups, community building events and leadership training. Ferenc conducts weekly Sabbath services, performs life cycle ceremonies and leads egalitarian High Holy Day and Festival services. Since Rabbi Raj is fluent in both Hungarian and English, he is able to reach out to Budapest's English speaking Jews who otherwise might be lost in a Hungarian synagogue.
During the Fall Semester of the Academic Year 2009-10 he was appointed visiting professor at the Eötvös Loránd University where he taught graduate courses on Jewish philosophy. This year Ferenc will continue teaching at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, where he is also an active participant of the ongoing Christian-Jewish Dialogue conferences and other interfaith projects. In addition to his rabbinic duties on two continents, Rabbi Raj is currently a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union and at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies of the University of California in Berkeley.
He is married to Paula Raj, an inner city high school teacher. They have four children and nine grandchildren.
In July 1999, Rabbi Mayer Selekman was named Rabbi Emeritus...
Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl became Rabbi Emeritus...
A native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961. He was graduated with honors and was ordained a Rabbi in l967 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1967.
In 1975, he was awarded the earned degree of Doctor of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in medieval Bible commentaries. He also received honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Oblate School of Theology.
While in Galveston, Rabbi Stahl was active in many local civic and religious associations. He was the first Rabbi ever to be elected President of the Galveston Ministerial Association.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Chapter of the National Conference of Community and Justice, the peaceCenter, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center Foundation, and the Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Foundation. He founded the San Antonio Chapter of the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. He was a member of the Martin Luther King Memorial City-County Commission and headed its Scholarship Committee and the Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio.
He lectures annually at Texas Lutheran University. During the 1982-83 fall semester, Rabbi Stahl was Alumnus-in-Residence at the Cincinnati School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he shared his insights into the work of a congregational Rabbi with rabbinical students. In the summer of 2003, he was the Theologian-in-Residence at Chautauqua Institution in New York, where he has lectured and currently serves on the staff of its Department of Religion.
He is the Past President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis, as well as the Kallah of Texas Rabbis. He was the first Rabbi to serve as Co-Chairman of the Jewish-Christian Forum of the Texas Conference of Churches and to receive the Distinguished Religious Leadership Award from the San Antonio Community of Churches. He also received accolades from Texas Lutheran University and the Texas Conference of Churches for strengthening interfaith relations and from Israel Bonds for supporting Israel's economic development.
He was the Editor of the Journal of Reform Judaism, the official quarterly publication of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) for six years. He was also the Chairman of the Joint Commission on Continuing Rabbinic Education of the CCAR and HUC-JIR. He also served on the National Board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Executive Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
He is the author of Making the Timeless Timely: Thoughts and Reflections of a Contemporary Reform Rabbi and Boundaries, Not Barriers: Some Uniquely Jewish Perspectives on Life and has written numerous articles for national Jewish and general publications.
He and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of two daughters, Heather Katz and Alisa Cimmino, and have six grandchildren.
Rabbi Zoob served as the rabbi of Temple Beth David...