Pitzer Alumnus John Moscowitz ’75, “An Unorthodox Rabbi”

John Moscowitz ’75Claremont, Calif. (October 16, 2015)—In Evolution of an Unorthodox Rabbi, Pitzer College alumnus John Moscowitz ’75 shares reflections and insights gained during the quarter of a century he served as a rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, Canada. The book will be released by Dundurn Press on October 31.

Part memoir, part social history, the book charts the shifts in Moscowitz’s thinking on several charged matters among Jews today: the possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, rabbis as guardians of Jewish tradition, same-sex marriage and the nature of human evil.

Moscowitz has been called “a different kind of rabbi,” one who spent a formative period as an antiwar activist. In Evolution of an Unorthodox Rabbi, Moscowitz describes his eventual dissatisfaction with the movement and how his love for Israel led him to rabbinical school.

Moscowitz is a senior rabbinic fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and rabbi emeritus of Holy Blossom, where he served as senior rabbi for a dozen years. He is currently writing a book about his days as a young radical.

John Moscowitz majored in political studies at Pitzer College.

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