Biography of Lewis Eron
Rabbi Lewis John Eron, Ph.D. is presently the Jewish Community Chaplain for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey in Cherry Hill, NJ. He is a 1981 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania and received his doctorate for the Religion Department of Temple University in 1987. He has also studied at Johns Hopkins, at Yale and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Eron has served the Jewish community as a pulpit rabbi, college teacher, and organizational administrator. He has written extensively in the areas of biblical studies, Jewish-Christian dialogue and Jewish thought and is the co-author of Bursting the Bonds? : A Jewish-Christian Dialogue on Jesus and Paul, (Orbis Press,1990) a ground breaking exploration of the founding figures of Christianity in light of contemporary scholarship and interreligious dialogue.
Rabbi Eron has been a leader in Jewish-Christian / interfaith dialogue on the local, national and international level. Currently, he represents the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association at the consultation between the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the National Council of Synagogues. He co-chairs the planning committee for the Catholic –Jewish Institute of Understanding of the Catholic-Jewish Commission of Southern New Jersey and is the chair of the Inter-faith Committee for the JCRC of Southern New Jersey.
In addition to his chaplaincy work, Rabbi Eron writes poetry, children’s stories and is presently at work on a theology of Judaism. He also writes a regular column for The Jewish Voice of Southern New Jersey on the weekly Torah portion and has served as an adjunct professor of Bible at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA.
Rabbi Eron lives in Cherry Hill with his wife, Gail Trachtenberg, and their two children, Abby and Andrew.
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It is great to be someone’s hero, sincere praise but no context.
To receive accolades and kisses and hearing I’m the best
From a room where only the most the alert sleep and the rest
Might wiggle or stare or clap or cry honestly with no pretext
Or intent beyond joining a hymn poorly sung and feeling perplexed
By memories of other synagogues, other rabbis on the Day of Rest
Or even by God’s strange presence. Proclaimed the greatest
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