CLASS OF 1973
Nova High SchoolClass of 1973
Kenyon CollegeClass of 1977
In 1973, upon leaving Nova, I moved north and never really looked back. I attended Kenyon College in Ohio, from which I graduated cum laude, and with Deparmental Honors. While in college I studied ancient history and classical and Semitic languages. For my work, I was the first Jew to ever receive the Simpson Prize from this Christian college. After graduating from Kenyon, I was the Ziskind Research Fellow in ancient languages at the Hebrew Union College. In 1978 I entered the Rabbinical School of HUC, from which I received an MA and ordination in 1083. I moved to Marietta, GA (a suburb of Atlanta) in 1986 to help found Temple Kol Emeth and to grow it from 60 to 600 families. In 1994 I was named "CLergyman of the year" by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In 1995 the Cobb County Commision passed an "anti-gay" resolution. I lead the fight against it, for which I received the "Courage Award" from the Cobb Citizens Coalition, "The Martin Luther King Award" from Clergy and Laity United, the "Man of Ethics" from the Metropolitan Community Churches of America and the "Social Action Award" from the Union of Reform Judaism. In 1997 I was noted by Creative Loafing as the Clergyman of the year" and in 1998 I was named "Top 10 movers and shakers in Cobb County" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2000 I was invited to address a local high school graduation,but wa...Expand for more
s barred from speaking by the church which was to hold the ceremony. After months of painful negotiation I was able to restore peace tot he community and in 2001 I was awarded the "Humanitarian of the Year" by Georgia Governor Roy Barnes. In 2006 I received "Spiritual Leader of the Decade" by the Cobb Democratic Alliance My work has been written about in the New York Times and the Washington Post. I have been a commentator for National Public Radio and CNN. My life's work has often been noted in history books and in textbooks. My work in bringing social change to the South is noted in "Dixie Rising," by Peter Appelbome. I helped rehabilitate the memory of Leo Frank, a Jew lynched in Marietta. That act is notated in "Murder in the Peach State". My speeches are noted in Representative American Speeches," the only time that a clergyman has ever been included in this textbook. My unique synagogue style forms the basis of a chapter in "American Reform Judaism" and in "Hello, I'm special", a sociology textbook. I have been married to Madeline Sable, a realtor, for 24 years. We have two children, Shira (20) and Julia. (13). (Forgot to add) Over the years I have been involved in the academic world. I was Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and I am currently Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Psychniatry at the Emory University School of Medicine.
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