Bachelor in Social Science, City College of New York, 1950. Bachelor in Hebrew Letters, Hebrew Union College, 1951. Master in Hebrew Letters, Hebrew Union College, 1953.
Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Hebrew Union College, 1977. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University South Carolina, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Lafayette University, 1988.
Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Hamilton College, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), College of Holy Cross, 1994. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Wittenberg University, 1995.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hebrew Union College, 1996.
Assistant rabbi Temple Emanuel, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1953-1956, associate, rabbi, 1956-1959. Director New England council Union American Hebrew Congregations, 1959-1963, national director education, 1963-1967, vice president, 1967-1972, president-elect, 1972, president, 1973-1996, president emeritus, from 1996. Member executive board Conference President Major American Jewish Organizations, since 1967, chairman, 1976-1978.
Member executive board Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute Religion, 1967-1996. Vice president Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 1967-1996, chairman executive committee, 1994-1996, president since 1996. Vice president World Jewish Congress.
Member executive committee World Zionist Organization, 1973-1996. Member executive committee Joint Distribution Committee, since 1987, secretary, 1992-1994. Board governors Hebrew Union College, 1973-1996.
Vice president World Union for Progressive Judaism. President Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, since 1996.
Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Member American Association Jewish Education (executive board 1963-1967), Central Conference American Rabbis (executive board 1967-1996).
Married Rhea Rosenblum, September 29, 1956. Children– Elisa Ruth, Debra Lee, Joshua Michael, Judith Rachel, Jonathan David.