Baccalaureate: Rabbi Wolpe

The Class of 1999's Baccalaureate Address will be given by Rabbi Gerald I. Wolpe, who was senior rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia for more than 30 years and is now director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Baccalaureate will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at First District Plaza, 3801 Market St.

Rabbi Wolpe, well known in academic as well as religious circles as an expert in bioethics and medical education--and on the Internet via America Online's "Ask the Rabbi"--is chairman of the advisory committee of the Center for Bioethics at PennMed. He is on the executive committee of the National Aphasia Society; the advisory committee of the Families and Health Care Project of the United Hospital Fund; and the National Coordinating Group on Bioethics and the Law of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Chancellor's Council of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and serves on both the executive committee and the administrative council of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, where he also chairs the committee on caregiving.

A holder of bachelor's and master's degrees from NYU, Rabbi Wolpe also received a master's from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and was ordained in 1953. He received a Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1980.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 32, May 11, 1999


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