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Israel Joshua Gerber

Israel Joshua Gerber, American rabbi, religion educator, author. Ordained rabbi, 1939; licensed psychologist, North Carolina. Recipient Research award Ford Foundation, Center Piedmont University Center, Religion award Charlotte Junior League; Blumenthal Foundation grantee.


  • Gerber, Israel Joshua was born on July 30, 1918 in New York City. Son of Marcus and Sadie Leah (Schuster) Gerber.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Yeshiva University, 1939. Master of Science, City College of New York, 1940. Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 1950.


    • Rabbi Beth Jacob Synagogue, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1943-1944, Congregation Agudath Achim, Fitchburg, 1944-1952, Temple Emanuel, Dothan, Alabama, 1953-1959, Temple Beth El, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1959-1972. Professor Old Testament Hood Theol Seminary, 1961-1987. Rabbi Temple Emanuel, Gastonia, North Carolina, 1980-1983.

      Professor psychology Johnson C. Smith University, 1972-1986. Rabbi Temple B'nai Israel, Anderson, South Carolina, 1984-1990, Temple Beth Sholom, Danville, Virginia, 1990-1995. Past director Southeast Council, Union American Hebrew Congregations, Dothan.

    Major achievements

    • Ordained rabbi, 1939. Licensed psychologist, North Carolina.



    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Chairman B'nai Brith, Dothan, 1955-1957. Co-chairman National Conference of Christians and Jews, Charlotte, 1965-1966. President Easter Seals Society, Charlotte, 1967-1969, Halfway House, Charlotte, 1968-1969.

    Board directors Epilepsy Association, American Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis Association, Charlotte. Captain United States Army, 1950-1955. Fellow American Psychological Association.

    Member American Association of University Professors, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Center Conference American Rabbis (executive board), American Association Hospital Chaplains, Jewish War Vets, Charlotte World Affairs Council, Greater Carolinas Rabbinical Association, Rotary, Kiwanis.


    • Married Sydelle Reba Katzman, January 9, 1943. Children: Barbara Jane Gerber Parker, Sharon May, Wayne Scott.
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    Born July 30, 1918
    • 1939
      Yeshiva University
    • 1940
      City College of New York
    • 1950
      Boston University
    • 1943 - 1944
      Rabbi Beth Jacob Synagogue
      Plymouth, United Kingdom
    • 1944 - 1952
      Rabbi Beth Jacob Synagogue
      Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1953 - 1959
      Rabbi Beth Jacob Synagogue
      Dothan, Alabama, United States
    • 1959 - 1972
      Rabbi Beth Jacob Synagogue
      Charlotte, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • 1961 - 1987
      professor, Old Testament Hood Theol Seminary
    • 1972 - 1986
      professor, psychology Johnson C. Smith University
    • 1980 - 1983
      rabbi Temple Emanuel
      Gastonia, North Carolina, United States
    • 1984 - 1990
      rabbi Temple B'nai Israel
      Anderson, California, United States
    • 1990 - 1995
      rabbi Temple B'nai Israel
      Danville, Virginia, United States
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