Courses by instructor: Rabbi Sheldon Lewis
Sheldon Lewis was born in Chicago and educated at the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He was a student of Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel and has been active in civil and human rights causes ever since. He was very active in the movement to free Soviet Jews.
He served as a US Army chaplain after ordination and spent a year in Vietnam. He is rabbi emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, which he served for thirty-three years. He was deeply involved in interfaith work to promote pluralism, mutual respect, and common cause; and he has been equally committed to nurturing bonds among the streams of Jewish expression.
He has had an abiding interest in reconciliation efforts in the Middle East as a supporter of the Open House in Ramle, the Al Amal School near Bethlehem, and Rabbis for Human Rights. He is past president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis, among other positions in the Jewish and interfaith communities. He is the author of Torah of Reconciliation (Gefen, 2012), Bridging Word and World, and Mini Adventures in Jerusalem (both from Hadassah Word Press, 2017). In 2018, he published a sequel: More Mini Adventures in Jerusalem. He is married to Lorri, and they have been blessed with four sons, four daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren.
Philosophy Circle: Abraham Joshua Heschel - Learning from Two Masters
During the last years of his life, Heschel reflected on the rabbinic models which had shaped him: The Baal Shem Tov and Menachem Mendel of Kotzk. While both were Chassidic leaders, their temperaments would seem ...