2007 Nussbaum ScholarLawrence Kushner is the Emanu-El Scholar-in-Residence at the Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, where he devotes his full energies to teaching and writing. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Jewish Spirituality at the Graduate Theological University in Berkeley. Prior to this, he was Rabbi-in-Residence at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City where he taught spirituality and mysticism and mentored rabbinic students. He presently continues as an adjunct member of the faculty. Before that, he served for 28 years as the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Kushner is widely regarded as one of the most creative religious writers in America and is highly sought after as a lecturer and teacher. Through his lectures, articles and 15 books (translated into six languages), he has helped shape the present agenda for personal and institutional spiritual renewal.
This lectureship was established in 1976 by friends of Rabbi Max Nussbaum and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in cooperation with Temple Israel of Hollywood. World-renowned Jewish scholars have been invited each year to spend time in study. Rabbi Nussbaum, theologian, scholar, activist, Zionist served TIOH from 1942-1974.