Bachelor, University Cincinnati, 1937. MHL, Hebrew Union College, 1941. Doctor of Divinity, 1966.
Doctor of Philosophy, University Southern California, 1961. Doctor of Humane Letters, University Judaism, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters, Loyola Marymount University, 1990.
Rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Dothan, Alabama, 1941-1946;
S.E. regional director, Union American Hebrew Congregations, 1944-1946;
Western regional director, Union American Hebrew Congregations, Los Angeles, 1946-1949;
rabbi, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Los Angeles, 1949-1985;
rabbi emeritus, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Los Angeles, since 1985;
director, Skirball Institute on American Values of America Jewish Committee, 1985-1995;
founding director, since 1996. Lecturer University of Southern California, 1955-1969, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute Religion, California, 1963-1965, 74. Lecturer religion Seven Seas division Chapman College, 1967.
Adjunct Professor theology Loyola University Los Angeles, 1967-1974. Lecturer sociology California State University, Los Angeles, 1977. Co-chair First Nationwide Conference for Catholic Jewish and Protestant seminiaries, Chicago, 1993.
Member camp commission administrative committee Camp Hess Kramer, since 1951. Member Los Angeles Committee on Human Rels., 1956-1972, member Executive Board, since 1960, chairman, 1964-1966, honorary member, since 1972. President Anytown United States of America, 1964-1966.
Member United Way Planning Council Board, chairman, 1974-1978. Member youth advising committee National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1968-1972, Executive Board, 1972-1993. Founding president Interreligious Council Southern California, 1970-1972.
Chairman clergy advising committee Los Angeles School District, 1971-1981. Chairman National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Rels., 1978. Board of Governors Hebrew Union College, board alumni overseers, since 1972.
Member Los Angeles 2000 Committee, 1986-1989, The 2000 Partnership, 1989-1995, Berlin Sister City Committee, Los Angeles, 1987-1989. Board directors Jewish Federation Council, 1978-1985, Board of Governors, since 1985. Board directors Jewish Family Svc.
Los Angeles, secretary, 1978-1980. Member Board Rabbis Southern California (president), American Jewish Committee (Executive Committee Los Angeles chapter, Max Bay Memorial award 1986), Central Conference American Rabbis (Executive Board, member of commission on Jewish education 1970-1972, treasurer 1975-1979, chairman interreligious activities committee 1975-1979, honorary member since 1991), Pacific Assn.Reform Rabbis (president), Southern California Association Liberal Rabbis (president), Synagogue Council American (member committee interreligious affairs), Alumni Association Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion, Town Hall, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, University of Southern California Alumni Association.
Married Miriam Jean Office, June 16, 1940. Children: David B., Judith C. (deceased), Dan L.