As an educator, scholar and religious leader, Rabbi Michael Paley has spent his career working with students, leaders and Jewish communities in the U.S. and around the world.
For 20 years, he served as the scholar in residence and director of the Jewish Resource Center of the UJA-Federation of New York, the largest local Jewish philanthropy in the world. He also served for many years as the university chaplain at Columbia University, and as the Jewish chaplain at Dartmouth College.
On April 7, Rabbi Paley will present “A New Jewish Narrative,” this year’s Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture at Elmhurst University. The free lecture will be given in a virtual format, and all are welcome to attend.
Before his arrival at UJA, Rabbi Paley was a professor of Jewish studies and dean at Bard College. He also served as vice president and faculty member at the Wexner Heritage Foundation, an organization dedicated to education and leadership programs in the international Jewish community. He also was founder and first director of the Edgar M. Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel, a program that brings together outstanding students from diverse Jewish backgrounds. Recently retired, Rabbi Paley has continued his work with Jews in Eastern Europe.
The Heschel Lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 7, in a virtual format. Admission is free but registration is required. An access link will be provided closer to the event date. For more information or questions, call (630) 617-5186 to leave a message, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.