Excitement Builds: WJC Welcomes Renowned Rabbi Michael Paley as Scholar-In-Residence
Myra Glajchen & Karen Everett, Adult Education Committee Co-chairs
WJC’s Scholar-In-Residence program showcases Judaism’s thought leaders; this year, we are pleased to introduce Rabbi Michael Paley.
Rabbi Paley grew up in the Boston suburbs. Raised in a Conservative synagogue and Hebrew school, his commitment to Jewish learning took hold during his teenage years. A chance meeting at an anti-war demonstration led him to Havurat Shalom, an experimental shul in Cambridge. After high school, Rabbi Paley earned his BA at Brandeis, completed graduate work in Jewish and Islamic philosophy at Temple, and obtained his rabbinic degree under Rabbi Zalman Schachter.
Rabbi Paley is considered one of the most influential rabbis in the US. He is the Scholar-in-Residence and Director of the Jewish Resource Center at UJA-Federation of New York. Rabbi Paley has held leadership positions at many educational institutions, including Bard College, the Wexner Heritage Foundation, Columbia University and Dartmouth. Rabbi Paley was founding director of the Edgar M. Bronfman Youth Fellowship to Israel. He has taught extensively on a wide range of topics from medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, to Islamic law, pluralism and multiculturalism, Black-Jewish relations, and the Jewish Year in Modern Jewish Thought.
The SIR program Enduring Jewish Values and Their Relevance to Everyday Life will feature five distinct discussions over three days:
1. Commitment to the life of the mind
2. Global connection and community
3. Prosperity and material well-being
5. One God or less