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Dr. Aaron Panken

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Participates in 1 Session
Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., is President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, North America’s first Jewish seminary, with campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York. He has taught Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at HUC-JIR in New York since 1995. His previous roles at the College-Institute include Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, as well as Dean and Dean of Students of the New York campus. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, he earned his doctorate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, where his research focused on legal change in Rabbinic Literature.

As an invited scholar to diverse congregational and university communities, he has spoken at synagogues throughout the United States and Israel, Jewish institutions in North and South America and South Africa, at seminaries and universities including the University of Sydney and the University of Nanjing. He has offered the Jewish Baccalaureate sermon at the United States Air Force Academy and taught aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, a nuclear aircraft carrier. He has taught for the Wexner Foundation, the Hartman Institute, and in numerous multi-denominational settings, and has served as a member of the Editorial Board of RJ Magazine, the Rabbinical Placement Commission, the birthright Education Committee, the Ethics Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and in a variety of other leadership roles within the Reform movement and greater Jewish community.

Prior to teaching at the College-Institute, he served congregations including Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. A native of New York City who graduated from Johns Hopkins University's Electrical Engineering program, Rabbi Panken is also a certificated commercial pilot and sailor, and lives with his wife and two children in the New York area. His publications include The Rhetoric of Innovation (University Press of America, 2005), which explores legal change in Rabbinic texts, and numerous scholarly and popular writings.

Sessions in which Dr. Aaron Panken participates

Tuesday 21 March, 2017

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
2:30 PM
2:30 PM

Loews Atlanta Hotel - Ellington Ballroom - Salon B


Dr. Aaron Panken, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Participant)

Throughout Rabbinic Literature and Responsa, Jewish texts have clearly privileged speaking the truth over propagating false information, with certa...