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Alfred Gottschalk

Alfred GottschalkBorn: 7-Mar-1930
Birthplace: Oberwesel, Germany
Died: 12-Sep-2009
Location of death: Cincinnati, OH
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Educator

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: President, Hebrew Union College, 1971-95

Alfred Gottschalk escaped from Germany to the New York mere weeks before the start of World War II. After graduation from Brooklyn College, he attended Hebrew Union at its New York campus and then in Cincinnati. Almost immediately, he became acting Dean of the institution's Los Angeles campus, which had only been chartered in 1954. One year later he was made Dean, and for a dozen years was its driving force. In 1971, Gottschalk was selected to lead the entire institution. He oversaw its move to the campus of New York University and created a fourth campus in Jerusalem. In addition to his administrative duties, he was an authority on Ahad Ha'am, authoring a monograph on the Zionist thinker. Gottschalk was not uncontroversial. In 1972 he ordained America's first female rabbi, and in 1992 did the same for Israel. In 1980, he ordained Israel's first Reform rabbi. He died 12 September 2009 from the lingering effects of an automobile accident.

Wife: Deanna (until his death, one son, one daughter)
Son: Marc Gottschalk
Daughter: Rachel Brenner

    High School: Boys High School, Brooklyn, NY
    University: BA, Brooklyn College (1952)
    Theological: Hebrew Union College (1957)
    University: PhD Philosophy and History of Relgion, University of Southern California (1965)
    Administrator: Dean of Los Angeles Campus, Hebrew Union College (1959-71)
    Administrator: President, Hebrew Union College (1971-95)

    Museum of Jewish Heritage President (2000-03)
    Ordained 1957

Author of books:
Your Future as a Rabbi: A Calling That Counts (1967)
Ahad Ha-Am as Biblical Critic: A Profile (1970)


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