Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., offers an examination of the divergent approaches the two great leaders of 19th century American Reform Judaism — Rabbi I. M. Wise and Rabbi David Einhorn* — took toward Jewish religious reform. In presenting the contrasting attitudes of these two great men, we can begin to appreciate how both their viewpoints can inform our approach to Reform Judaism in the 21st century. (Lecture was held October 30, 2013.)
RABBI DAVID ELLENSON is president of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and is the I. H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought. He is recognized internationally for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics and modern Jewish history. He was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1977 and received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1981. He is a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and a fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
*Rabbi David Einhorn was senior rabbi of Temple Beth-El from 1874 to 1879.