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Arthur Waskow: Full Biography and Selected Bibliography

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, 2012

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph. D., founded (in 1983) and directs The Shalom Center , a prophetic voice in Jewish, multireligious, and American life that brings Jewish and other spiritual thought and practice to bear on seeking peace, pursuing justice, healing the earth, and celebrating community. He edits and writes for its weekly on-line Shalom Report.

Life-history of Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Photo of Rabbi Arthur Waskow, 2013

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., founded and is director of The Shalom Center and is the author or editor of about twenty books on US public policy and on religious thought and practice.  He has also taken a vigorous part in public advocacy and nonviolent protest on behalf of peace, civil rights, full equality for women and gay people, freedom for Soviet Jewry, and healing for the wounded earth.

The Shalom Center: 

The Shalom Center Board of Directors, August 6, 2016

THE SHALOM CENTER Board, March 21, 2016 Arlene Goldbard, President and Chair New Mexico; organizational consultant; Expert & author on cultural development and community-based arts Former member, ALEPH board arlene@arlenegoldbard.com Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Chair Emeritus 1016 W Upsal St., Philadelphia, PA 19119 Director of Social Justice Organizing Program, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Coll. Long-time former director of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation; Former executive vice-president, Jewish Funds for Justice.

Contact us!

The Shalom Center's street address is 6711 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia PA 19119. Phone: 215/844-8494
For most general inquiries, please write Office@theshalomcenter.org
If you need to get in touch directly with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center, write Awaskow@theshalomcenter.org

The Shalom Center: A Brief History, 1983 to 2008

The Shalom Center was founded in 1983 as a division of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, then a member of the RRC faculty, who became its director, and Ira Silverman, alav hashalom, then president of RRC.

Its original mission was to address the raging nuclear arms race from a Jewish perspective. It addressed this question as the danger of a planetary ecological disaster (the "Flood of Fire," in Jewish tradition) rather than an ordinary war-peace question.

Beginning in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the diminution of the nuclear arms race, The Shalom Center refocused on other planetary ecological dangers. Waskow developed both a theology and practice of eco-Judaism and wrote several books on those questions, while The Shalom Center went forward with these issues.

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