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educator , theologian

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.


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.



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.

Henry B. Waskow

Hannah (Osnowitz) Waskow

Irene Elkin

Phyllis Ocean Berman

David Waskow

Shoshana Waskow