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Arthur Ocean Waskow

Arthur Ocean Waskow, American theologian, educator. Recipient Peace & Justice award Muslim American Society, 2007, Review Richard Fernandez Religious Leadership award Neighborhood Interfaith Movement, 2007; Coolidge fellow Association Religion and Intellectual Life, 1983; named one of the Top 50 Rabbis in America, Newsweek Magazine, 2007.


  • Waskow, Arthur Ocean was born on October 12, 1933 in Baltimore. Son of Henry B. and Hannah (Osnowitz) Waskow.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1954. Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1963.


    • Legislation assistant House of Representatives, Washington, 1959-1961. Senior staff member Peace Research Institute, 1961-1963. Fellow Institute Policy Studies, 1963-1977.

      Colleague Public Resource Center, 1977-1982. Faculty Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Philadelphia, 1982-1989. Founder, director Shalom Center, since 1983.

      Fellow ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal, 1990-1993, pathfinder, 1993-2005. Member advisory board Temple Understanding. Visiting professor religion Swarthmore College, 1982-1983, Temple University, 1976-1977, 87-88, Drew University, 1997-1998, Vassar College, 1998, Hebrew Union College, 2008.

      Secretary-treasurer Conference On Peace Research in History, 1969-1974.


    • Godwrestling Round 2: Ancient Wisdom, Future Paths
    • What do we need to do to turn our “religion” into our lives? This 20th anniversary sequel to a seminal book of the Jewish renewal movement deals with spirituality in relation to personal growth, marriage, ecology, feminism, politics, and more.


    Alternate delegate Democratic National Convention, 1968. Fellow Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy, 1977-1982. Gamaliel chair Lutheran Student Center, Milwaukee, 1996.

    Wisdom-keeper United Nations Conference on Habitat II, 1996. Initiator A.J. Heschel 25th Yohrzeit Observance, 1998. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences (colloquium on disarmament 1962).

    Member National Writers Union, Fabrangen, National Havurah Committee (board directors 1979-1980, 83-87), P'nai Or (board directors 1984-1993, Aleph board directors 1993-1995), International Coordinator Committee on Religion and Earth (steering committee 1990-1993), Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Irene Elkin, 1956 (divorced 1978). Children: David, Shoshana. Married Phyllis Ocean Berman, 1986.
    • father: Henry B. Waskow
    • mother: Hannah (Osnowitz) Waskow
    • spouses: Irene Elkin
    • Phyllis Ocean Berman
    • children: David Waskow
    • Shoshana Waskow
    Arthur Ocean Waskow
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    Born October 12, 1933
    • 1954
      Johns Hopkins University
    • 1956
      University Wisconsin
    • 1963
      University Wisconsin
    • 1959 - 1961
      Legislative assistant, House of Representatives
      Washington, United States
    • 1961 - 1963
      senior, staff member Peace Research Institute
    • 1963 - 1977
      fellow, Institute Policy Studies
    • 1977 - 1982
      colleague Public Resource Center
    • 1982 - 1989
      faculty Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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