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Rabbinic Advisors

Rabbi Jim Morgan

Rabbi Jim Morgan joined the Worship and Study Minyan as rabbinic advisor in January 2012. He received his Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Newton, where he focused on developing a vision for pluralistic Jewish communities and spirit-filled davvening (prayer). He also holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in Slavic Languages and Literatures, where he wrote his dissertation on early nineteenth century Russian poetry.

Rabbi Jim also serves as Director of Israel and International Partnerships at the JCRC of Greater Boston, where he oversees programs in Israel and Ukraine as well as Boston-based Israel advocacy and engagement.

Please contact Rabbi Jim at RabbiJim@WorshipandStudy.org. You can also follow him on Twitter

Rabbi Ben-Zion Gold, Founder

Director of Harvard Hillel from 1958 until 1990, Rabbi Ben-Zion Gold founded our congregation in the late 1960s and served for many years as its rabbinic advisor. Upon retiring he became Director Emeritus of Harvard Hillel and has continued as an active member of our congregation. Rabbi Gold was raised in a traditional Orthodox home in Poland, where he studied in the Preparatory of the famous Yeshivat Chachmey Lublin. He received his rabbinical degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Rabbi Gold's first book, Tradition and Contemporary Reality (1990), is a compilation of his sermons and talks. His recently published Jewish Life in Poland Before the Holochaust, recalls the vibrant and vital community in which he grew up.

Rabbi Gold's dvar Torah on the occasion of Israel's Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) 5769 (2009): "The Challenge of Israel"

Rabbi Norman Janis, Emeritus

Rabbi Norman Janis was one of the founding members of our congregation and was our rabbinic advisor from 2000 to 2011. He earned a PhD from the Harvard Linguistics Department with a dissertation on the cantillation of the Hebrew Bible, and he has served as Dean of Rabbinical Student Life at Hebrew College. He is a long time friend, student, and colleague of Rabbi Ben-Zion Gold, the founder of our congregation.

Rabbi Norman Janis' Rosh Hashanah talks: for 5769,"Are Are We Our Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keepers?", for 5770,"Remembering All The Forgotten Things."